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WONDERKID: Kelechi Nwakali

Name: Kelechi Nwakali             Age: June 5 1998 (age 17)

Club: Arsenal FC                Nationality: Nigerian      League: Barclays U21 Premier League

Height:  181 cm,  5’10              Position:  DM/CM/AM

With Kelechi Nwakali’s deal to Arsenal complete, what should Arsenal fans expect from this relatively unknown 17 year old midfielder.

“I just came back from London, I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal. So many teams were interested in me but it has been my dream at a tender age to play for Arsenal.” Kelechi Nwakali

Well, he is an intelligent and composed midfield general who is also capable of producing match winning moments with his incredible passing range. With a playing style not to dissimilar to a certain Paul Pogba, a combination of sheer power, elegance on the ball and creativity all in one. His technical ability is incredible for such a young player and is capable of playing the most difficult passes with so much ease, whether it be a through ball with the outside of his foot or a long cross field pass to a player on the other side of the pitch.

Naturally athletic, with great endurance and tenacity which is very important in the English game. He is still growing and is not physically ready to be Arsenal’s answer to their defensive midfield problems but in time he very well could be. Possibly, the most impressive youngster from what is starting to appear like a golden generation from Nigeria.


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