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When he first came to Chelsea, I just didn't see him being a quality striker. Whether it was his bulky frame, his first touch, control; really didn't see what all the hype was about.
Did his thing at Everton, but again, he just looked like a decent young striker. Then when he made the big move to Man United, this was where he was going to prove himself, and it sadly lead to him being inducted and being called Timbs.
However, all it takes is just to be in the right environment to show how good you truly are. Well, there's that and you actually need to have the talent. But Inter Milan along with Conte has worked wonders for Lukaku.
The more pragmatic approach, his partnership with Lautaro and the fact that Conte is old-skool and appreciates the importance of the traditional striker means that the team plays for Lukaku. It all goes through him.
Not only that, he can drop deep and knows how to supply for his teammates as well, showing his football IQ and intelligence that some journalists claimed he didn't have.
Now finds himself rightfully at Upper Tier 2, and if he can continue his form and says What's Up for Belgium this summer, Tier 1 could be calling.
I would have loved if this dude had chosen Nigeria.
But let's not dwell on that and focus on a young man who is amongst the very best of his age group. Someone who already is one of Arsenal's best and most important players.
What changed Arsenal's season was Arteta entrusting in the youth, which can always be a risky thing. Playing top level football is not easy, and managers are cautious in throwing inexperienced players into a situation such as this one.
But there are some young players who are just ready, and Saka is one of those. A key thing that separates him from like a Vinicius Jnr. is his decision-making. That is one of the most important aspects to any player. Yes, he has the ball control, finishing and balance, and fearlessly attacks the centre. But he knows when to dribble, when to pass, how long to carry the ball for, the type of pass to make. These are very important things in football.
England have a gem on their hands, and you just hope they appreciate him and know how he should be utilised.