England have no shortage of talent within their ranks at the moment – however, we think Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is the very best of the lot.
Of course, Saka has some stern competition from the likes of Harry Kane, Declan Rice and Marcus Rashford. However, Saka has a level of consistency to his game that the others simply don’t have – not to mention adaptability.
Saka simply seems incapable of putting in a poor performance these days. In the Premier League, he has scored 12 goals and set up a further ten this season.
Additionally, Saka began life as a left-back, before gradually being pushed further and further up the pitch when his attacking talents were recognised. He’s also played as a left wing-back, a left midfielder and as a left winger before being moved to his primary position of right winger.
Saka’s talents were on full display in England’s last game against Ukraine. As England were labouring to make a breakthrough, Saka played a beautiful cross over to Kane to give the Three Lions the lead.
Just three minutes later, Saka turned from provider to goalscorer – the 21-year-old unleashed a fearsome curling effort from outside the box, giving the Ukraine ‘keeper no chance as he doubled England’s lead.
Chelsea had one starter in the side that beat Ukraine, left-back Ben Chilwell, but given the number of developing young English stars in their ranks like Noni Madueke, who scored a brace for England’s U21’s in their 4-0 win over France on Saturday night in a friendly, plus midfielders Carney Chukwuemeka and Lewis Hall it looks like Chelsea will have more full England international before long. Graham Potter’s ability to work with players and develop them if given time will only help add the depth of talent pushing the brilliance of Bukayo Saka to even greater heights.
Saka’s fellow English Arsenal team-mates like Emile Smith-Rowe, Ben White, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, not to mention the younger players in Arsenal’s famed academy, can’t fail to be inspired as Saka has the words “world-class” mentioned in the same sentence as his name.
Harry Kane may be getting all the headlines, and for good reason – but we think it’s clear to see that Bukayo Saka is England’s true star player.