“He is Paul Scholes in the making” Pundits compares Arsenal youngster to Premier League great

Emile Smith Rowe has emerged as one of the most reliable members of the current Arsenal team and he has now been compared to Manchester United great, Paul Scholes.

Smith Rowe stepped up to the challenge when Arsenal needed a creative midfielder at the end of last year and has been a mainstay in the team ever since.

The Gunners landed Martin Odegaard in the last transfer window, but Smith Rowe has kept his place in the team and Andy Townsend has now claimed that he is similar to Scholes.

He says the Englishman is even a better player compared to Odegaard and hailed him for his ability to play as a 10 as well as on the side of the midfield.

“When I look at Smith Rowe, they have a better one (than Martin Odegaard) there already,” Townsend told Optus Sport.

“That young man is so good, he has got great awareness… he is Paul Scholes in the making.

“He can play as a 10, he showed today he can play off one side and come inside, he has got that fantastic ability, awareness, of what is going on around him – not all young players have that.”

If he keeps his form, the midfielder will be set to play even bigger roles at the Emirates for years to come.

He has four assists from ten Premier League games this season.

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  1. Andy Townsend is one of the more sensible of the current group of pundits, and he is spot on in his assessment of ESR.He has the illusive and vital quality of awareness, which you either have or you don’t.It is an asset which cannot be “coached” and was indeed evident in the likes of Scholes,Bergkamp and Fabregas to name but a few. I am not suggesting ESR is at their level but he could become a very important player for Arsenal.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly with your views RVL.We tend to over hype youngsters before they actually achieve anything.That said, in Saka, Martinelli and ESR, we have three youngsters who have a real chance of making it.On that subject two other young guys who have really made the step up this season are Foden and Curtis Jones of Liverpool who was excellent against Leipsig.

  2. Grandad I agree that awareness cannot be coached and thrreason is to do wirth poersonal intelligence against not having intelligence Aware people are bright but non aware folk are generally lacking between the ears. Likewise players who are constantly caught offside! Unaware and not much use therefore.

    The thing called football intelligence is actually personal intelligence – a completely different thing from mere education, which is, by itself, no indicator of intelligence whatever. Some of the more educated people I have met are also the dullest witted.

    Some have it, some don’t. Pepe is one who does not but ESR clearly DOES!

  3. everyone should just slow their roll and wait until he’s got at least a full year of games under his belt before jumping to comparisons that are a bit far-fetched at this juncture…the last thing we need is for another player/manager to start reading his headlines and not put in the work necessary to excel at this level

  4. Agree RVL, let him learn as he plays. He will make mistakes, but he’ll learn and not repeat them.

    Don’t pressure the kid people, last thing we need is to over hype and pressure yet another young player.

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