With several of Arsenal’s first-team stars away on international duty, the club’s young guns were given an opportunity to take centre stage as the U21s defeated Newport County in the EFL Trophy this week.
And Omari Hutchinson was a standout performer once again.
Less than a week on from his exquisite backheel assist for the U23s against AFC Bournemouth, that also had the fans swooning on social media, the 17-year-old midfielder impressed with another stunning display.
This time, the provider turned goalscorer with a divine strike that someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be proud of. He nutmegged one opposition player before cutting inside and launching a beautiful curling effort past the goalkeeper in the 33rd minute.
Earning a squad-high 9/10, Hutchinson was also said to have been a “constant threat” against the League Two outfit.
The Gunners’ faithful were equally impressed by what they saw, taking to social media for a second time in the space of a week to wax lyrical about the potential next big talent to come out of Hale End.
“So special”, “extremely talented”, and “too good” were just three of many phrases used to describe his performance, as relayed by The Boot Room.
The 17-year-old gem has been in fine form for the Gunners’ youth set-up this campaign, providing three goals and two assists across seven appearances, via Transfermarkt.
Hutchinson is very much a player that can feature anywhere in the attack, having been deployed on both flanks, upfront and in the no.10 role, so he could well earn some future comparisons to that of Bukayo Saka, who has become a bit of a plug-and-play option for Mikel Arteta over the past 18 months.
“His technique, balance and acceleration is a joy to watch. Always has a good finish when in the box as proven for both goals,” recently claimed Next Generation Arsenal, who tracks the progress of the club’s up and coming prospects.
If Hutchinson indeed turns out to be the next Saka, then Arteta could well save KSE and the club millions in future transfer windows.
It’s still early days but the teenage sensation looks to be the next Hale End prodigy to break into the first team, especially if he keeps up these current levels of performance.
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