By Sumaiya Vawda
Within the house of per week, Cody Gakpo has risen from promising Eredivisie prospect to switch market sizzling property, because of PSV reporter Rik Elfrink linking him to Arsenal. Whispers of Liverpool and Bayern Munich’s curiosity weren’t far behind. Fabrizio Romano has since picked up on the story and added Raphinha of Leeds to the combination. That may counsel Mikel Arteta is eager on a winger or might have a place transformation in thoughts.
Gakpo has 17 objectives and 13 assists throughout all membership competitions this season. The correct-footed teen operates predominantly on the left-wing and is characterised by his dribbling, reducing inside and ending. On the floor, he suits the project- simply 22 years of age, bodily strong and already vice-captain at PSV Eindhoven. At a £40 million asking worth, the Dutchman is lighter on the pockets than the likes of Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
There may be, after all, a significant distinction between Gakpo and people gamers in that they’re strikers by commerce and he isn’t. This raises a number of questions, the solutions to which can solely be discovered within the thoughts of the Arsenal supervisor. If Gakpo is to function on the left, it appears possible one other vital funding should be made at striker. Within the situation the place Lacazette and Pépé depart this summer time, then Arteta may even see match handy Martinelli some minutes at centre ahead to lighten the burden on a brand new placing acquisition. Gakpo, Smith Rowe, Saka and the repurposed Martinelli would then function broad ahead choices.
Cody Gakpo has maximised shot and help quantity numbers this season within the Dutch league. Thus, it has been touted that Arteta sees him as one to occupy the underserved centre ahead function in North London. The participant stands at 6’2 and possesses good motion coupled with technical functionality. If you toss in his objective numbers, one can see the place the thought of him centrally was birthed. Nonetheless, it could be unthinkable to enter subsequent season with the crew’s most important striker having barely performed the function and with no skilled back-up choice. This provides to the (reasonably low) deserves of retaining Lacazette within the squad. Moreover, his decisive crossing and spectacular dribbling can be blunted centrally.
One other consideration is translation of his statistics to the Premier League. Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie successfully made the leap from Eredivisie, the place Afonso Alves and Memphis Depay failed. Thus, such a switch wouldn’t be with out threat. The Netherlands Worldwide will notably not supply Lacazette’s hold-up play and off-the-ball defensive work. This has ripple results for the Gunners’ most well-liked model of play.
It’s troublesome to not get enthusiastic about including one other pearl to a string of highly-talented younger, versatile gamers to doubtlessly trot out in a season with European soccer. Given Arsenal’s historical past with high-ceiling Dutch gamers (assume Dennis Bergkamp), this may be an astute acquisition for left-wing if the worth stays average. Uncertainty within the advantage of signing Gakpo exists with out information of the knock-on results this has available in the market. In the end, the primary concern is of a premium alternative at centre ahead. Then Arteta can have a go at fleshing his squad with the suitable expertise.