Arsenal’s tour of the United States didn’t have the desired conclusion for Robbie Burton, with the midfielder missing the decisive spot-kick against Real Madrid.
The vast majority of the rest of the tour, however, was hugely positive for Burton, who, in the case of many observers, went from being a relative unknown to somebody who will be on the fringes of the first-team this season.
Burton, a Wales youth international, caught the eye with his stylish passing in the earlier games in the tour, and also worked diligently in training, impressing Unai Emery.
Last season Burton trained with the first-team occasionally, but this tour represented his first involvement in a match situation.
The youngster certainly wasn’t fazed by facing high-profile opponents and will now hope that he can be involved in the first-team in some capacity when the real action gets underway.
It seems likely that Burton, having impressed on tour, will come into consideration for Europa League and Carabao Cup fixtures, while there may even be a chance of him getting on the bench in the Premier League if several players are unavailable.
The majority of his football is likely to be played with the U23s, where he could be named captain and will be one of the most experienced members of the team.
It will certainly be intriguing to see whether Burton’s performances at U23 level, which haven’t always been consistent, will now improve as a consequence of his involvement with the first-team.
Burton’s aforementioned penalty miss may be a source of frustration to him for a while, but it shouldn’t take anything away from what has been a very positive pre-season for the prospect so far.