For some players progressing through the various age groups at Arsenal is a rather steady process.
For others, though, the step up to higher levels happens rather quicker, and Amario Cozier-Duberry certainly falls into that category.
The 17-year-old started the season playing for Arsenal’s U18 side but quickly moved up to represent the U21s, where he instantly became one of the standout players in the team.
This week Cozier-Duberry received his first senior callup as he was named on the bench for the Europa League game against Zurich, and, although he didn’t come on, it seems that there will be plenty of further first-team involvement to come for the youngster.
Signed in 2019 following a successful trial, Cozier-Duberry immediately caught the eye upon his arrival at the club with his excellent dribbling and technique. Versatility is another strength for the England youth international – he can play on either flank, as a midfielder or at left-back.
For the U21s this season Cozier-Duberry has mainly played on the right wing, but it remains to be seen where he will end up in the long term.
There is a concern that he would be fouled frequently if he played at first-team level, but Cozier-Duberry is capable of rising to the challenge and making an impact.
At times his decision making could be of a higher standard, but Cozier-Duberry’s all-round progress has been very impressive and he is certainly a player to watch out for.
Cozier-Duberry could still feature occasionally for the U18s this season, perhaps in the FA Youth Cup, but the majority of his football will come for the U21s, while he will also be hoping to feature in some capacity for the first-team.