According to the Mirror, Arsenal could step up their interest in Belgian youngster Zakaria Bakkali, following reports in Holland that he could leave PSV Eindhoven.
The 18-year-old he has struggled to hold down a regular place since and has made just one start in the last two months.
Now contract issues have arisen, and according to Marcel Brands, the club's technical director, PSV are running out of patience with him. The club could ultimately be forced to sell Bakkali if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
With the youngster seemingly unsettled with the Dutch outfit, Arsenal could finally land the man who has regularly been compared to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. He is a player who scores easily, is very fast and is an adept dribbler of the ball – just like his compatriot. In fact, Belgian national coach Marc Wilmots has previously suggested that the two would be interchangeable at national level – that’s just how highly he rates the PSV youngster.
Used primarily as a right winger, Bakkali can also play on the left or as a striker – very similar to Theo Walcott I hear you say – his versatility would suit Arsenal perfectly. The Gunners have lacked attacking depth this season, with Olivier Giroud shouldering the brunt of the scoring responsibilities and safety in numbers next season may prove vital.
There is no doubt Bakkali is an exciting talent and he is an absolute joy to watch when he has the ball at his feet. His abundance of skill and pace leaves even the most experienced of defenders bamboozled at times.
The youngster becomes even more of a threat when you consider his ability in front of goal. He became the youngest player in Eredivisie history to score a hat-trick following his treble against NEC in August. He’s an intelligent player and consequently there is always an end product to his game – much unlike Theo Walcott at his age.
He is also an accomplished passer of the ball and has a keen eye for a through pass. In this regard he would find himself at home in North London. He knows exactly when to play the ball and he loves a one-two when running at pace.
Bakkali has already featured for the Belgian senior side and he has represented his nation at every youth level. He has a bright future on both the club and international stage and he has certainly already made waves in the Dutch Eredivise.
Arsene Wenger loves developing youngsters and Bakkali would fall nicely into his remit. At just 18 years of age he is the perfect signing for the Gunners.