Is Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun their next big striker?

Christian Maghoma of Tottenham Hotspur and Folarin Balogun of Arsenal in action during a Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur training ground,...

Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is making a big impression for their under-18s.

Christian Maghoma of Tottenham Hotspur and Folarin Balogun of Arsenal in action during a Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur training ground,...

Arsenal have been blessed with a number of prolific academy strikers over the years, but they have found it tough to get established in the first team.

Benik Afobe struggled with injuries and never quite made it, while Chuba Akpom has failed on every loan spell and not taken any of his first team chances.

Stephy Mavididi is out on loan but has been hit with injury yet again, and Eddie Nketiah is currently looking like the best bet after scoring twice in the Carabao Cup earlier this year.

Now add a new name who will be keeping Nketiah on his toes, Folarin Balogun.

Balogun is just 16 and scored a brace for Arsenal's under-18 side at the weekend as they beat Reading 6-2.

Folarin Balogun of Arsenal and Shayon Harrison of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on October 23, 2017 in Enfield, England.

He has now scored four times in his last two games and, following two goals in a 5-1 win over West Ham a week earlier.

Balogun now has nine goals in 13 games for the under-18s this season, with two assists.

The teenager is eligible to play for either England or Nigeria at international level, although is yet to be capped at any level by either. If he continues his current form then there will be a battle for his services.

He has even made four under-23 appearances this season, a show of faith in him, each as a substitute.

The mixed success of recent Arsenal academy strike sensations show why Gunners fans should not get carried away just yet, but at the same time there is real reason to be positive and get behind Balogun's bid to eventually become a first team star.

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