Jason Sraha’s arrival at Arsenal from Chelsea last summer went rather under the radar.
Despite also being capable of playing at left-back, Sraha is mainly seen as a central defender by Arsenal and he got off to a good start with the Gunners by being named on the bench for the U23s in pre-season.
A first year scholar this campaign, Sraha started the campaign encouragingly but an injury stopped him in his tracks and led to him missing several months of action.
However, Sraha is now back fit and is determined to make a major impact for Arsenal at U18 level.
Yesterday he featured as a late substitute for Ken Gillard’s team in a defeat to Aston Villa, and, despite the circumstances, it must have felt brilliant for Sraha to be back on the pitch.
Between now and the end of the sesson, Sraha will be determined to gain as much experience as possible for the U18s.
Next season will be crucial for his development as he looks to earn his first professional contract, but Sraha certainly possesses qualities that can help him succeed.
The youngster is composed in possession and frequently makes well-timed interceptions.
It is now hoped that he can avoid further injuries and start to push on.