Daniel Crowley Signs First Arsenal Professional Contract

Arsenal as a club have always had an ethos of signing young players, and bringing them through the ranks which have span from the successful ones (Cesc Fabregas) and the unsuccessful ones (Fran Merida) together with established players. This summer has not been different either with the signing of some key players (Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina) laced with the capture of 19 year old Calum Chambers from Southampton.

However, it is the signing of Daniel Crowley to his first professional contract that is the highest of the club’s signing of a young player this summer after this was confirmed by the official site on Monday.

The 17 year old is a highly rated youngster, who is expected to hit the big time before long. He arrived last summer from Aston Villa as a 16 year old.

He was part of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup team last season where he scored two goals, and provided a further four assist. He had three appearances for the youth team in UEFA’s youth league last season as the team got to the quarter finals.

The attacking midfielder who has a knack for playing penetrative balls must first overcome his injury problems that blighted his first season with Arsenal youth teams. His performance where he scored two goals and provide four assist in a youth match against Peterborough last season, saw him promoted to the U21 team from the U19 squad.

While his meteoric rise have inevitably saw him drawn comparisons with Aaron Ramsey, it is always important that a measured appraisal is given to young players coming through the ranks so as to avoid unnecessary pressure on the shoulders of the likes of Daniel Crowley.

The Fleet Street are always quick to anoint the next big thing in game, with their ever willing crave to label a rising English talent as a wonder kid and all manner of hype used to describe a player to a level he has yet to reach. The same level of hype that greeted Jack Wilshere’s emergence has slowed down after his disappointing performances, coupled with his injuries and off field problems.

While it is good to get excited for a rising star when something special comes up, it is always better to embrace it with an element of caution. This is hoping that Daniel Crowley turns out to be a Cesc Fabregas rather than a David Bentley.