Arsenal star Bukayo Saka sent warning over potential long-term problem
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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been warned not to become a Jack of all trades, master of none by the end of his career. Saka has starred for Arsenal in a variety of positions under Mikel Arteta. The 19-year-old has played as a left-back, left wing-back, left-winger and a No 10.
But Saka is now thriving on the right of a front three, where he is keeping both Willian and Nicolas Pepe out of the starting XI.
The Gunners academy graduate has scored two goals from that position in the last three matches, with Arteta’s side picking up victories on each occasion.
England boss Gareth Southgate has predominantly used Saka as a wing-back in his four senior caps to date.
Former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince is a huge fan of the youngster.
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But the pundit has warned that not having a single best position could be to Saka’s detriment at some point.
“For Arsenal I think he can play off the left, he can play off the right, he can play as a No 10, we’ve seen him play this season as a left-back,” Ince told Premier League Productions.
“He can play in multiple positions and you don’t want to be known as one of those players, you don’t want to be a player who can play in different positions.
“You want to have a set position for him to progress and be the player that he is.”
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Ince says Saka is showing maturity beyond his years both on and off the pitch.
And he reckons he is in with a shout of a starting spot at this summer’s European Championship.
Ince continued: “I just think he’s a wonderful player. Listening to him there, it’s good that they put these young players on TV to speak, he looks humble, he looks a bit of a devil in the changing rooms, thinks he’s a bit of a joker.
“But he talks well for a 19-year-old kid and he’s got to keep his feet on the ground.
“I’ve seen a lot of players in my career, when we do get over-excited about players, but he doesn’t look like one of those players who’s going to do that.
“He looks like he just wants to keep learning, keep progressing and wants to get better and better.
“When you think about the England setup and the Euros this year, could he be a player? Because where would he play?
“You’ve got [Raheem] Sterling, you’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, you’ve got [Jadon’ Sancho. The way he’s playing he looks like he could be a starter.”
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