Arsenal teenager Lino Sousa skilled with the first team on Wednesday as supervisor Mikel Arteta runs the rule over the defender. The 17-year-old joined the Gunners from West Brom in January and has already made two appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18’s facet. Sousa, who’s of Brazilian heritage, performed two years above his age group for West Brom Under-18’s final season and has been earmarked as a possible star of the longer term by these inside London Colney. soccer.london solely revealed the switch final month and in keeping with West Brom’s official web site, Sousa is a extensively versatile left-back who has caught the eye of a number of Premier League sides attributable to his improbable dribbling capability and shut management.
Arteta usually arms alternatives to Arsenal’s youthful gamers and integrates them into first-team coaching periods. He has achieved that extra in current weeks as the Gunners now have a smaller squad following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari through the winter window. Sousa was referred to as up for an England coaching camp in March 2020 and he is gone on to characterize the Young Lions at under-15 and 16 stage. In addition to that includes in the next age group for the Baggies, the fullback began a Premier League 2 match towards Newcastle in February 2021. “Lino’s an athletic full-back, reads the sport properly, has a beautiful left foot and it isn’t typically a 16-year-old performs a complete season with the 18s, however that’s credit score to him as a result of he has a lot potential,” stated West Brom under-18’s coach Peter Gilbert. Academy chief Per Mertesacker had earmarked the left-back place as one explicit space the place the Gunners must strengthen at academy stage. Meanwhile, a number of Arsenal children are anticipated to seek out everlasting strikes away from the membership this summer season together with George Lewis and James Olayinka.