Former England international Michael Owen says he is very excited by the potential of Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah after he got on the scoresheet for England’s Under 21s last night.
The 21-year-old scored two goals in the 5-0 win over Albania, meaning he has now scored a record 16 goals in 14 Under 21 appearances for his country. Owen believes that, if he gets a consistent run in the side at senior level, he is guaranteed to score goals:
“He’s very good. He’s got a real smell for it, hasn’t he? He knows where the ball’s going to drop. I like his movement. I like his hunger to score goals. Some players are confidence players. If you miss a penalty and you’re a confidence player, you go missing all game. If you’ve just got pure self-belief, it just shrugs off you and you’re just onto the next one.”
“With that type of attitude, with the way he plays, he’s just going to be a goal machine all his career. The key for him is obviously trying to get consistently into that Arsenal team, and then all his horizons are open.”
Nketiah has started just one Premier League game for Arsenal so far this season but he has been selected to start in cup competitions by manager Mikel Arteta, with three goals in 14 appearances in total.
With Alexandre Lacazette struggling for form at the moment, the striker could well be getting more opportunities in the Premier League soon. We shall have to wait and see whether he starts their next game on Sunday against Leeds at Elland Road.