Arsenal's Alex Iwobi shoots at goal
Former England manager and current pundit Glenn Hoddle is backing Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi to have a big impact this season as he looks to establish himself as a first-team regular, the Daily Mail report.
It’s the same old story for Arsenal fans as they gear up for another Premier League campaign.
Supporters have been praying for a new top striker as a big-money addition, yet Arsene Wenger has so far refused to splash the cash all the while the likes of Manchester United are breaking transfer records.
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and West Brom's Craig Dawson in action
While many feel the Gunners are still short on a top defender and an alternative to Olivier Giroud, Hoddle believes with the demand for transfers it’s easy to forget the young talent coming through.
Writing in his blog for the Daily Mail, the former England manager tips midfielder Alex Iwobi to make a big impact this season and suggests his development could outweigh any major deal.
“I understand the frustration of Arsenal supporters wanting manager Arsene Wenger to sign new players in creative positions,” Hoddle wrote in his column.
“Yet in Alex Iwobi they might have a player who is about to make a very big impact. I think that he is an excellent player. He runs in behind defenders, puts them under pressure, creates space and can score, too.”
“Yes, it's natural to want to go out and buy but sometimes you have talent under your nose.”
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi in action with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini
Iwobi made his first-team debut in a disappointing 3-0 League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, yet he soon shrugged that off and started to feature more regularly towards the end of the season.
Capable of playing in a range of attacking positions, the 20-year-old started and impressed in a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp before finding the net in domestic games against Everton and Watford.
The Nigeria-born star will have plenty of competition for places this season, yet with the inevitability of injuries and suspensions, he will also get his chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot.