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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has expressly made known his desire to see Jeff Reine-Adelaide land a permanent spot in the first team next season.
The talented 19-year-old, moved from French side RC Lens two years ago, has won the heart of many since his arrival in the club but he is yet to play in the Premier League.
With the inclusion of UEFA Europa League football for the first time in two decades, Arsenal are likely to rotate heavily for Thursday night fixtures next season and Reine-Adelaide is set to benefit from this.
Despite the rumored interest for Championship outfit Leeds, it is more likely that the versatile midfielder will be staying put in North London beyond the summer. He’ll then be expected to compete with other youngsters like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson for more playing time.
Koscielny is keen to see his compatriot rise through the ranks at the club and when asked , gave his opinion on the teenager.
On which youngster he personally hoped would establish themselves as a first-team player properly next season Koscielny said, “I hope it’s Reine-Adelaide. He’s a young boy but I think he has a lot of quality.”
“He plays some games every season and I think he can improve a lot. He can learn a lot with us. He has all the quality and after that, it’s in his head to work more and to want to achieve something with this club.”
Originally promoted into the senior side around this time last year, the teenage Frenchman will be hoping that Koscielny’s comments will be the beginning of good tidings in his future.
It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out come August, though performances like his against Southampton justify why he’s so highly-rated and why he deserves a chance among the more senior players to consistently put on a display of his skill.