Fact: Arsenal 17 Year Old Wonder Kid Saka Is The Player England Don’t Want To Lose To Nigeria

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the match between West Ham United U23 and Arsenal U23 at London Stadium on August 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

As Nigeria continue to push for ‎players born abroad who are already representing other countries to switch allegiance to the West African country some players are viewed as untouchables by the country they are representing at the moment.

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Nigeria have succceded in luring the trio of Carl Ikeme, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi to switch allegiance from England in recent times but they failed in their quest to snare Tammy Abraham and Dele Alli.

The chase for Ademola Lookman is still ongoing and on loan Liverpool forward Seyi Ojo has also declared his intention to switch allegiance to Nigeria, while the above mentioned duo are viewed as a loss to England if they finally reach their potential, Bukayo Saka is one they treasure seriously and won’t want to lose.

Described as a great talent by Arsenal U23 coach Freddie Ljungberg, the 17 year old has settled down to life with the U23s with two assists to his name in just 172 minutes of football in Premier League 2 before finally scoring his first goal against Liverpool.

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Last season he was playing for the U18s as a schoolboy but according to several informed sources he is high on the list of young players on the radar of first team coach Unai Emery.

Comfortable as a left forward, wing-back or winger his ability to go past his man with ease and also whip in telling crosses has made England to tip him as one they have to keep out of the reach of Nigeria particularly after his first goal as an U23 player for Arsenal in their 4-0 win over Liverpool.

Michael James