According to The Athletic, Brooke Norton-Cuffy has signed a new long-term deal at Arsenal.
After impressing on loan at League One Lincoln City in the second half of last season, the 18-year-old right-back earned a host of admirers which, coupled with his existing deal ending next summer, has pushed the Gunners to move decisively.
Part of the England under-19 squad that won the European Championships in Slovakia this summer, it’s expected that Norton-Cuffy will head out on loan again (likely to a Championship club) before the transfer window closes.
That doesn’t come as a huge surprise at this point with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Ben White all able to play in his position this season. As things currently stand, the Gunners also have Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the books.
Depending on how he fares this season, perhaps we can expect to see the academy talent stake a claim for a first team place in a year’s time.
“It’s impossible to say how close you are. All you have to do is keep performing well, keep improving and carrying on your momentum. But I don’t feel far away from knocking at the door – let’s put it that way.
“When you see players who have come all the way through Hale End, it definitely gives you added motivation because you can see yourself in that position. Someone like Bukayo (Saka) especially, he’ll come and talk to you, he’ll always make you feel like you’re on the same level. It’s eye opening to see that pathway but all the guys who have made it, they have sacrificed a lot and it’s not easy.”
To read Phil’s full interview with Brooke, click here.