You certainly cannot accuse Eddie Nketiah of resting on his laurels.
Having been promoted to the first-team squad this summer after what seemed like an eternity on the periphery of proceedings, the striker has been determined to prove just why he has got to this stage and also what he is capable of offering in the future.
Nketiah has been his usual prolific self during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States, scoring three times, but the 20-year-old has stood out with much more than just his goalscoring.
Young players are known to often be enthusiastic and eager to make an impact, but Nketiah takes that sentiment to new levels. He chases after the ball constantly, is always looking to find space to run into and is also becoming stronger physically – as demonstrated by the rather robust treatment he offered to Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich recently.
The problem that Nketiah faces, of course, is that he finds himself behind two experienced and highly regarded strikers in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Other than in the unfortunate event that one of the two suffer a serious injury, it is difficult to envisage Nketiah establishing himself in the starting lineup any time soon and it is also perhaps too early in the youngster’s development for him to be such a crucial part of the side.
The England youth international does, however, have the chance to be Arsenal’s third-choice striker this campaign following the departure of Danny Welbeck.
In the second half of last season, with Welbeck out injured, Nketiah was frequently named amongst the substitutes for first-team fixtures.
However, on many occasions the prospect wasn’t selected to enter the fray and when he did was often only given a short runout.
That could well change this time around, with Nketiah’s first-team promotion indicating that he is now seen of more of a senior player – something that will only have been enhanced by his pre-season performances.
There have been suggestions that Nketiah could head out on loan for the first time but if a new striker doesn’t arrive before the transfer window closes then the best option would surely be for him to remain at Arsenal for the first half of the season at least and be given a starting berth in cup games as well as hopefully featuring as a substitute in some league matches.