The Under-23s Thread

Discussion in 'The Arsenal Academy Page' started by Aevi, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    33 [​IMG] GK Matt Macey
    38 [​IMG] FW Folarin Balogun
    40 [​IMG] DF Tolaji Bola
    41 [​IMG] MF Robbie Burton
    42 [​IMG] MF Harrison Clarke
    43 [​IMG] MF Trae Coyle
    45 [​IMG] FW Tyreece John-Jules
    48 [​IMG] DF Mark McGuinness
    49 [​IMG] DF Zech Medley
    52 [​IMG] FW James Olayinka
    53 [​IMG] DF Joseph Olowu
    54 [​IMG] DF Tobi Omole
    57 [​IMG] MF Matthew Smith
    59 [​IMG] MF Zak Swanson
    60 [​IMG] DF Dominic Thompson
    61 [​IMG] MF Nathan Tormey
    63 [​IMG] GK James Hillson
    76 [​IMG] GK Arthur Okonkwo
    77 [​IMG] FW Bukayo Saka
     
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  2. Hunta

    Hunta Shivering Right Now Trusted

    Big changes in the u23 and u18 teams this season looking at the players who’ve left or been promoted.

    Okonkwo
    Swanson Clarke Medley Bola
    Burton Smith Olayinka
    Greenwood John-Jules Coyle
    That’s off the top of my head, @MutableEarth will have a better idea. Delighted that Nketiah got a loan as it means John-Jules should get minutes in the Europa which also means Balogun should get plenty of games at u23 level.
     
  3. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Hope to see Coyle sometime. Heard he is good
     
  4. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    That's about as close to the team as I imagine it will look like. Greenwood started today so unlikely we'll see him. Very possible that if Saka doesn't make matchday, he'll be firmly in that lineup with Coyle going either side. Burton could play as #10, he's often done so for the U23s.

    Okonkwo being hurt means Hillson will fill in a lot more, as will Macey. The defence picks itself really. What we should watch for are the promotions mid-season. If Taylor-Hart impresses, he could usurp Coyle (who has struggled a little bit). Balogun is also a permanent member of this squad and he has a lot to prove. Also the midfield is relatively settled with Burton and Olayinka, but Smith IMO has more potential than Burton and Azeez could end up shooting past them all depending on how he continues his development with the U18s.

    A lot to look forward to this season. I'll try and attend as many games as I can this year.
     
  5. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    First PL2 game of the U23's season is today at 19:00 against Blackburn Rovers.
     
  6. MutableEarth

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    Holding involved. Lineup will be of interest. Saka was with the squad yesterday despite not being named on the bench so I reckon its possible he isn't involved but may join up late and play due to lack of minutes.

    John-Jules and Coyle are a lock to start IMO.
     
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  7. MutableEarth

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    Smith-Rowe back! Tormey also starting and Balogun gets the nod over John-Jules. Interesting. No Matt Smith in the squad.

    No Medley either.
     
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  8. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Tier 1 Height

    Is this streamed?
     
  9. MutableEarth

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    Nope. As is tradition with much of our U23 coverage. Sadly Blackburn don't provide streams so we are in the dark for this one.
     
  10. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Balgoun hat-trick. Another big talent!
     
  11. MutableEarth

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    Yeah. It's time to talk about Flo Balogun. Hes putting up Eddie numbers now.
     
  12. Hunta

    Hunta Shivering Right Now Trusted

    Thats why it was crucial we loaned out Nketiah. Imagine having to juggle Nketiah, John-Jules and Balogun, one would almost certainly leave with a lack of game time.

    With Nketiah out on loan it lets both John-Jules and Balogun get minutes at u23 level and probably even a first team debut this season.
     
  13. Vanfrothan

    Vanfrothan Member

    Looking at the first team squad, someone is going to get some serious minutes in the Europa League in the number 9 role, as surely Aubameyang and Lacazette will be rested for the majority of the games. (Home games at least)

    It can only be one of John-Jules and Balogun, as nearly all of the other fringe players/prospects are wide players, which will be exciting to see.
     
  14. MutableEarth

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    John-Jules might find himself usurped to be honest if Balogun keeps this up. It will be an interesting competition between the two - both IMO have potential to be very good strikers but with all 3 of these guys, 1 or 2 will miss out. Will be intriguing to see how it plays out. Nonetheless, if their development is smooth enough, we can absorb the eventual loss of Auba and Laca.
     
  15. MutableEarth

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    I reckon it will likely be John-Jules. He's more physically ready, technically secure and better at linking up with fellow attackers - has a good final ball aswell. He might be a surprise package for a lot of people.
     
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  16. Hunta

    Hunta Shivering Right Now Trusted

    Not sure, John-Jules is a brilliant link man, think he’s suited to first team football already. Getting a place on the tour and then doing well and signing a new contract says to me he’ll be getting Europa minutes.

    Had a look before and Balogun is a few months younger so will probably be involved with the squad next season unless he really takes off.
     
  17. MutableEarth

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    John-Jules definitely ahead right now for sure. Much more ready for 1st team football.
     
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  19. Hunta

    Hunta Shivering Right Now Trusted

     
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  20. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    Hear this often regarding John-Jules but does he have enough goals in him?
     

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