Arsenal sizzling prospect Miguel Azeez grew to become the thirteenth of Danny Cowley’s 14 summer time signings on Monday, signing a season-long loan transfer from the Emirates Stadium. After impressing followers and coaches alike throughout pre-season with the Gunners’ first-team, it was maybe a shock that Mikel Arteta allowed the teenage England Under-20s worldwide to depart north London on loan. Azeez is very a lot one for the longer term, having solely performed seven senior minutes at a aggressive degree in his profession to date, all of which have come within the Europa League in its place towards Dundalk final season. Cowley is no stranger to a loan gamble from Arsenal’s youth set-up, together with his final loan signing from the Gunners being Emile Smith Rowe whereas answerable for Huddersfield Town. The attacking midfielder has turn out to be a first-team common within the Premier League since Smith Rowe’s quick stint below Cowley got here to an finish.
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Clubs within the Championship had been hopeful of touchdown Azeez on loan, however Cowley was trusted with him by Ben Knapper, Arsenal’s loan supervisor who recognized Azeez as a loan participant for Cowley to take when he first succeeded Kenny Jackett at Fratton Park virtually six months in the past. From his analysis and conversations with Azeez, Cowley believes that he is the sort of participant that can relish and thrive off being thrown right into a facet hopeful of reaching promotion out of League One. “Miguel is going to be a high, high participant. He is nonetheless younger, we’ve got all received to do not forget that he is solely 18, he’s not 19 till subsequent month however he’s a assured boy,” Cowley instructed HampshireLive. “He’s received actual perception and so he ought to as a result of he’s extremely competent. He’s received implausible expertise. We weren’t certain [of a deal]. We knew of him as a result of Ben Knapper (Arsenal’s loan supervisor) had highlighted that he was going to be the following one. “I feel it’s been nicely publicised that we’ve got received relationship with Arsenal, they felt we appeared after Emile [Smith Rowe] in a great way. Being completely trustworthy, it’s good to take credit score for Emile [Smith Rowe], I don’t suppose we deserve any. We simply gave him a platform and a possibility, that is the reality. We appeared after him off the pitch. We helped him somewhat bit towards the ball as nicely. The remainder of it, he did himself.
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“Ben [Kanpper] highlighted him to us however we weren’t fairly certain it could be attainable, there was loads of Championship curiosity and we additionally felt that perhaps, that he would keep at Arsenal as a result of he appeared like their fifth alternative (central midfield). “They needed to take a long-term view on him as a result of they suppose a lot of him as a participant and he wants that stimulus, he wants that problem. He is a kind of boys I feel will aspire to the problem. “If you watch the performances within the Papa John’s Cup final yr, aggressive soccer, and he got here on simply for a brief interval when he performed within the first group towards Dundalk and in pre-season. He’s one whose performances can spike with the rise in stimulus and problem. We are actually trying ahead to seeing what he can do with us.”
Azeez is a midfielder with versatility versus one which as being shoehorned into a particular spot on the pitch. He has expertise in box-to-box, defensive, and attacking roles, with Arsenal’s head of academy Per Mertesacker eager on modelling him into emulating a younger Sergio Busquets. Cowley’s imaginative and prescient for him is one in all extra of an attacking nature, somebody to be optimistic on the ball, carry the group up the pitch whereas serving to to create and rating objectives of his personal.
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“He’s an eight/ten positively, he can come down and turn out to be a six at occasions. All eights have to have the ability to try this,” added Cowley. “Certainly, he’s far more of a forward-thinking, inventive participant. He can play by way of the strains, he can. “He’s received a pleasant vary of passing, however his finest attribute is to obtain between the strains and to dribble together with his head up, to shoot from distance, to play by way of and create possibilities. “He can take set-pieces as nicely which is factor for our group.”