One of the Arsenal youngsters to make something of a breakthrough this season has been Swedish sensation Kristoffer Olsson.
The talented midfielder has begun training with the first-team, following on from an excellent under-21 and NextGen campaign last season - as well as catching the eye of Arsenal fans during pre-season. He even made his competitive debut with a 37 minute cameo against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.
Recently he made headlines for an outstanding performance for his Swedish national team at under-19 level.
It came in a week when Mesut Ozil scored for Germany, Aaron Ramsey for Wales and Serge Gnabry for Germany under-19s - but Olsson’s performance was perhaps the most eye-catching. His four assists helped the Swedes to a 5-1 win against Azerbaijan.
Last night though, he posted a Tweet that caught my eye.
Obviously, like many a football fan, he was taking in the absorbing Real Madrid rampage versus Sevilla - in which Los Blancos finally declared for a 7-3 victory.
And while one ex-Tottenham player got all the plaudits, as Gareth Bale scored two and set up two, it was another who caught Olsson’s keen eye for a great performance - Luka Modric.
Love to watch Modric, impresses me every time I watch him play— Kristoffer Olsson (@krisolsson) October 30, 2013
There is no wonder why he would be impressed with his performance, and why he might be looking at his game closely. The two are similar players. What they lack in physicality they make up for in cunning and technical prowess. Olsson carries a similar dribbling ability and passing proficiency to the Croatian - and he would certainly do himself no harm taking some pointers from the former Spurs talent.
But the only issue in that is this - Arsenal do not necessarily need another Modric type. Olsson is capable sitting in the deep or more advanced midfield role - but right now it is that more defensive minded area where the first-team is looking for inductees.
But to take facets of Modric’s game into any area on the pitch will act as an improvement on any player’s game, even the most ardent Gunner must admit that in regards to Modric’s class.
So in that respect, he might just do well to keep an eye on Modric in the future - and continue to take inspiration from this former Tottenham hero.
Do you think Olsson can make it into the first-team at Arsenal this season or next?
image: © Kieran Clarke