Arsenal wonderkid hails ex-Van Gaal assistant, could be next Kroos?

Dan Crowley playing for England

Arsenal youngster Daniel Crowley has hailed Andries Jonker's effect on the club, and he is only just getting started.

Arsenal youngster Daniel Crowley has had a week to remember. After turning 17, he signed his first professional contract, and then netted for the under-21 side in a pre-season game the following day.

He has shown why he is so highly rated, and that he is back to full fitness after an unlucky first year at the club after switching from Aston Villa last summer.

The teenager has a new man in charge to adapt to, in academy coach Andries Jonker, who he says has had an immediate effect.

He told "Andries has been brilliant since he started. You can see how much knowledge he has just by talking to him a couple of times and you can see who he's worked with in the past.

"It's great for the whole club. Liam [Brady] is a fantastic coach and a great role model and now it's a fresh start for everyone. Andries has worked with the best players in the world. Hopefully I can improve the defensive side of my game under him."

Jonker arrives at Arsenal with quite a CV. He was Louis van Gaal's assistant at Bayern Munich, worked in the Dutch youth set up, and also at Barcelona.

It was at Bayern where he had the most prolonged period of success, and his work helping Van Gaal bring youngsters into the first team is still being felt in world football.

Among the players Jonker helped blossom through were Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, two of the very best stars in world football, with the new Real Madrid signing a perfect player for Crowley to look to emulate his game on.

Like Kroos, Crowley possesses a natural attacking game, but as years have gone by, Kroos has developed into a more all-round talent, as he showcased at this year's World Cup.

Crowley's vow to work on the defensive side of his game, to balance out his natural attacking instincts, suggest he has the same long-term goal, and if he wants to go onto emulate the now former Bayern Munich man, he has the ideal coach to learn from.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch