Arsenal striker Mika Biereth is likely to be promoted to first-team training before the end of the season, according to reports.
The Danish teenager is said to have impressed coaches with his performances in the academy this campaign, but who is he and what can Gunners supporters expect from the player?
Biereth was actually born in London, and he started his career in football at Fulham. The Cottagers offered the forward a professional contract last summer, but he turned down the proposal in order to make the free transfer move to Arsenal.
After arriving at Hale End, the 18-year-old was put straight into the Under 23 setup, and he has performed well, scoring a goal and contributing an assist in only his second match, during a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace in September.
Biereth was also handed starts against Swindon and Plymouth’s senior sides in the EFL Trophy but most of his impressive performances have come in Premier League 2.
The striker scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory against Chelsea and his last goal came in a 3-2 win over Blackburn on Monday evening. He also scored for Denmark’s Under 19 team in the last international break, with his excellent recent form seemingly grabbing the attention of Arsenal’s first-team staff.
It remains to be seen whether Biereth will make his senior debut this season, but he will be spending a lot of time at London Colney before a potential loan spell away from the club next campaign.