How Will Hughes signing for Arsenal could benefit England

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The Derby midfield maestro could build up a partnership with Jack Wilshere that could benefit the whole country.

Will Hughes has found himself being linked with the biggest clubs in Europe recently and with many teams vying for the 18-year-old he really does have a hard decision to make.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has already resigned to losing the talented midfielder in the near future claiming that he will eventually be too good for Derby and they will look to move him on, both for the good of the club and the good of the player.

Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester United are early favourites for the white haired wonder kid but Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham, Villa, Fulham, Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been spoken about as a possible destination too.

My own personal preference would be for the Derby midfielder to join Arsenal and generate a partnership with England international Jack Wilshere.

Will Hughes is undoubtedly one of the most cultured midfielders in the country and plays in similar style to Wilshere, there really is potential to grow an England version of ‘Xavi and Iniesta’ which could definitely be beneficial for the national side going into the next 4 major tournaments and perhaps even longer.

It’s only a matter of time before Will Hughes becomes a regular for the England senior side and with the Arsenal man already set to be an integral part for many years to come then it would be a shame to miss out on potentially building a seamless relationship between the two.

England’s biggest fault during the ‘golden generation’ was the inability of partnering up Lampard and Gerrard. For me, this was down to their development at different clubs and at international level being forced to play together in styles they weren’t comfortable with.

Now we have the possibility of enhancing the potential of our national game and I for one hope we take it.

Will Hughes style of play

Will Hughes is one of the most intelligent players I have ever seen at Championship level the awareness he has of what goes on around him really is world class. I’ve previously joked that you could give him the ball with an army of players trying to tackle him and one team-mate and he would find the team-mate without even sweating.

He can play either as a deep lying play-maker, where he can use his unique tackling ability and vision to dictate the play in front of him equally he can play as an advanced midfielder sitting behind the strikers using his ability of picking the ‘killer pass’. He really does have the potential to be moulded into something extra-special, given the right coaching and players around him.

However, I have to admit with Arsenal looking incredibly strong in the middle of the park already with the likes of Ozil, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini amongst others, any move for the 18-year-old looks unlikely.

I still hope something could happen with this and it’ll be interesting to see which destination he decides.

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