Saturday, June 22, 2024

Lino Sousa continues to impress for Arsenal U21s

Arsenal U21s have lacked consistency as a team this season but Lino Sousa has often delivered impressive performances.

The left-back is still eligible to represent the U18s this season but has long since established himself as a key player for the U21s having impressed since joining from West Bromwich Albion midway through last season.

The U21s drew 1-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Friday night, with Sousa putting in an excellent display.

18-year-old Sousa carries the authority of a senior player with his determined performances and although there are some occasions when he can get caught out of position, he usually performs to a very high standard.

An England U18 international, Sousa reads the game very well and is effective both defensively and in an attacking sense. He has also shown that he can perform the inverted full-back role to good effect at youth level.

Sousa was on the bench for the first-team away to Brentford earlier in the season, with his callup somewhat overshadowed by Ethan Nwaneri’s debut.

The next step for Sousa is inevitably further involvement in senior football and a loan move would surely be beneficial for him next season.

Sousa isn’t eligible to be called up for Arsenal in European competitions until December, so he wouldn’t be able to be named on the bench in such matches in the first half of next season.

Therefore a loan switch could suit Sousa and he may well be ready for a stint in the Championship.

The prospect certainly seems well equipped for a career in senior football, whether at Arsenal or elsewhere.

Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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Gushing

Sousa the beast from Benin 🇧🇯

Ebo

Would be lovely to have a defender/defensive player coming out of our academy finally who becomes a proper long term first team player. We’re pretty great at developing attackers and midfielders, occasionally a goalkeeper but not so much players who player in our back 4 or even a DM, Gibbs was probably the closest to that? And even he seemed so promising when he first started beating Clichy to the first 11 but never quite took off and fulfilled the promise I felt he had (though to be fair to him I’m not sure if any our young players really… Read more »

Ebo

Speaking of Kieran Gibbs, just googled him to see what he’s up to and it seems he’s literally just retired from football a month ago! And is now turning to broadcasting. Wishing him all the best 🙏

wrightstuff8

Yea I think Hector was the last one, but he had the attacking flair you associate with hale end.
Haven’t had a tony Adams in a while! Common Per, sort it out 😂

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