3 goals, 3 assists in 4 games: Ex-Arsenal youngster Bunjaku shines for Derby under-21s

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Former Arsenal prospect Alban Bunjaku is currently in great form for Derby County's Under-21 side

Former Arsenal starlet Alban Bunjaku has scored three goals, with three assists, in his last four games for Derby County's under-21 side.

The Rams are currently flying in the U21 Premier League, sitting two points behind second placed Arsenal and four behind leaders Newcastle, largely thanks to the recent form of former Gunner Bunjaku.

Lee Glover's side have only lost once since the 15th September - winning four, drawing three and losing one in their last eight games. A record that puts them on the cusp of a potential promotion race in order to enter the U21 Premier League's top-tier. 

After a slow start to the season, which saw the youngster fail to register a single goal or assist in his opening six games, he found his feet after coming off the bench to score his first goal for the club in a 3-1 win over Wolves.

Since then, the impressive 20-year-old has added a further two goals and three assists in the following three matches - a record that sees him rise above all the Arsenal Under-21 midfielders in the tables for goals and assists.

In his last, and most impressive, performance the playmaker was evidently in full confidence as he crafted the Rams opener out of nothing before creating two for his teammates. One of which was a superbly calculated backheel which found young striker Shaquille McDonald who scored the winner in a game that ended 4-3 in favour of the Rams.

If he can keep up his current form, it wouldn't be surprising to see former England boss Steve McClaren reward him with first team debut in the coming months, especially as he seems to have quickly become the Under-21 side's key man. 

And with a hotly contested promotion run-in on the horizon, if the former Gunner can add another dimension for the Rams then it can only be good for the East Midland's side. 

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