There have been plenty of reports speculating over Arsenal’s interest in 15-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Dan Crowley but at long last it looks as though the Gunners are closing on a deal.
The Daily Mail has suggested Arsene Wenger has given his approval over the move, which means it could be one of the first deals to go through for Arsenal this summer.
Crowley is an extremely talented young man who has already played at Under-17 international level for England, proving his talent and potential far exceed his immature years.
This is a very significant deal for Arsenal if it goes through because Wenger has made his reputation based on signing players when they’re young or improving them through the club’s academy system.
The move makes sense for the teenager because it gives him the chance to follow in the footsteps of the player he’s been most likened to; Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere’s impact and significance to Arsenal this season have gone through the roof, which has created a fear that the senior player could be sold this summer with Bayern Munich reportedly interested.
Crowley can play a big part in the youth system at Arsenal but it’s going to be a long time before he gets anywhere near the first team, but there are several reasons why he should develop into a top play over the next couple of years.
The way he’s played for the Aston Villa youth teams and at international level is very similar to the way Wilshere plays in the Arsenal midfield; it’s all about controlled bursts of power.
Technically he has to be a very good player, otherwise Wenger wouldn’t go anywhere near him. That guarantees he can fit in with the style of play that Arsenal like to use.
His burst of power come from his desire to get forward and attack, which is something that will make him popular with fans if he progresses to the Arsenal first team.
There is a stumbling block to this deal and it comes in the shape of Villa boss Paul Lambert who has used youth in his first team throughout the season, showing no indications of dropping that policy.
That makes him very sympathetic with his younger players, at all levels, which means he’ll more than likely make it as difficult as possible for this deal to go through unless Arsenal throw in a financial sweetener.
Arsenal have been scouting this lad for much of the season and it seems they are just putting the wheels in motion to make him a Gunner.
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