5 best U21 Players at Arsenal according to FM 18
The Football Manager series is well known for its history of spotting superstars in their formative years. Some incredibly famous names that were unearthed by Football Manager in its earlier incarnations include Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Carlos Tevez and Phillip Lahm. In fact, last season Fulham's Dennis Adeniran was touted to become a highly valued player and this summer he moved to Everton to join their U23 squad as he prepares to take the next step.
Football Manager is back again for another instalment this year. The new game's beta version has been available on early access from 26th October 2017. We are absolutely sure that the more freaky FM fans have already embarked on long and hard careers in the latest versions.
Arsenal have tried their best to promote their own youth stars into the first team and the policy has had mixed results. Despite Wenger's repeated attempts to increase the numbers of youngsters in his squad, the academy has not managed to send too many native graduates to the senior squad. Most of the younger players in Arsenal's senior team have been acquired from other academies- meaning the Arsenal youth setup is a sort of finishing school for talented youngsters.
That being said, Arsenal do possess some good talent in their youth sides and we could see more of them in future. Here are the five best U21 players at Arsenal.
5. Jeff Reine-Adelaide
Signed from RC Lens in 2014-15, Adelaide has stayed at Arsenal for three seasons. He is currently 20 years old. He had made 7 appearances for the Lens II side in France and since his arrival has not featured in the league for the Gunners.
He impressed during pre-season in 2015-16 but did not play for the senior side until January, where he made an 81st-minute substitute appearance for Wenger's side. He made six appearances for the North London club in 2016-17, featuring in cup games including an FA Cup quarter-final game against Sutton United.
Reine-Adelaide has represented France in five youth-tiers and currently has 9 caps for France U19s. He was part of France U17 side that won the U17 European Championship in 2015 and was also named in the Team of the Tournament.
Reine-Adelaide seems to have a very bright future ahead of him. In terms of his Football Manager ability, he can do more than a fair job in the Premier League at his current ability depending on the circumstances.
His main weakness is his concentration, which will improve with time and games. He can tend to be injury prone and a careful handling may be necessary to get the best out of him.