Chuba Akpom scored goals as a hobby last season. At Under-21 and NextGen Series level he scored a combined total of 17 goals in 20 games.
Quick, strong and possessing a real poachers instinct this young lad has something of the Ian Wright’s about him, and could one day make as big an impact given the right opportunity.
In pre-season he was also eye-catching, scoring four goals in Arsenal’s Far East tour - including this winner against Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan…
With that in mind, the talented teen is surely one of the players likely to get playing time in the Capital One Cup this term - following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Wojciech Szczesny and Gael Clichy.
Arsenal’s next game in the cup is against Chelsea next week, and with opposing number Jose Mourinho already proclaiming that he will be playing an under-21 side in the game Arsene Wenger is likely to do the same.
But yesterday Akpom found himself in hot water.
In a frustrating 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund at Meadow Park last night the only real blemish for The Gunners was an 89th minute red card for Akpom - receiving a second yellow card for dissent.
Now obviously the card does not mean suspension will play a factor in him potentially missing the game of his life against London rivals Chelsea - but an internal punishment could work.
The red card yesterday was harsh, and a little silly, but Akpom will also feel rightly abashed that he got sent off for opening his mouth - rather than a form of sporting collateral.
You have to wonder what means more to Akpom, playing in the next Youth League tie, which he will definitely miss, or the Chelsea game - I reckon the latter.
So telling him he is out of the game could serve as a life lesson for the rest of his career.
That being said, knowing the character that Akpom appears to have, he would have already told himself off for his mistakes and also considered he was unlucky to be shown red.
He should feature against Chelsea next week, and he should impress, and hopefully he will do so having already learnt a valuable footballing lesson.
image: © Kieran Clarke