Denis Suarez was so impressed by Eddie Nketiah’s potential that he told new club Celta Vigo to see if the England under-21 international was available when his loan deal at Leeds ended in January.
The Spaniard may have endured an ill-fated, injury-hit and short-lived loan at the Emirates during the last campaign but he obviously had his eye on the players coming through the ranks at the club.
In an interview with OneFootball.com, the 26-year-old midfielder was asked which of the Gunners youngsters had a good future in the game. His answer was emphatic.
“Eddie Nketiah. In fact, I remember talking to Antonio Chaves, Celta’s Sporting Director, and telling him that there was a very promising striker coming through at Arsenal.
“He went on loan to Leeds but things didn’t work out. And I said if he wanted a striker, he should call him.
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“Now he’s slowly becoming a regular even if not as a starter, he’s having minutes to make an impact.
“It seems like he could be important in the coming years at Arsenal and they should take care of him because he is very talented.”
In case you were wondering, Suarez has done ok at Celta Vigo this season, making 28 appearances. A hamstring injury ruled him out of the final games of the season but we’re glad to see he was able to recover from his time in London.