The Arsenal youth system is arguably the most successful in the Premier League – developing young prospect after young prospect. The Gunners appear to have unearthed another gem looking to shine in North London in the shape of 18 year old attacker Sanchez Watt.
Watt was spotted playing for Senrab FC when 7 years old, a Sunday league club that have produced several Premier League stars, with the likes of John Terry, Jermaine Defoe and Sol Campbell all having played there. Watt is predominantly a winger, yet his quick an intelligent ability allows him to play upfront or drift inside – reminiscent of the great Thierry Henry.
The youngster has shown his potential through the Arsenal youth set up, having been instrumental in the under 18’s double winning side of last season. Watt played in all eight of the youth cup fixtures, netting a brace in the semi-final, before scoring in both legs of the final; clearly a player who can step up on the big occasions. In addition to his obvious goal scoring threat, Watt’s game boasts a range of attributes, all of which help him to be a quality attacking player. He is competitive in the air and strong, enabling him to be utilised in a target man role if needed, yet he is also quick and agile meaning that he can play on the shoulder of the last man. The ability to adapt between roles means that Watt is likely to cause problems for any defence he comes up against.
Watt recently joined an exclusive club when the 18 year old netted on his full Arsenal debut, scoring in a 2-0 Carling Cup win over West Brom. The attacker scored tapping in from close range after a Carlos Vela shot had been saved, showcasing his ability to be in the right place at the right time – something that can never be underestimated for strikers. After scoring this goal, helping to send the Gunners through to the next round of the competition, Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas said that he expected Watt to break into the first team given time. Fabregas stated “He has been doing very well – he’s a brave boy who knows what he wants and is strong mentally. He is very quick and although he looks quite slight, he has good physical strength and can finish well. He is a great prospect for the future.”
Manager Arsene Wenger is another of Watt’s fans, and Wenger is a man who knows a lot about youth talent. He has described Watt’s game as having almost everything, claiming the youngster possesses left-foot quality, good movement and has a great work-rate. Watt has already made a series of appearances for England at under 16, 17 and 18 levels, hinting that he may be one to watch at an international level as well as with his club Arsenal. Whether it is as a winger or an out and out striker, Watt possesses all the quality to succeed and you shouldn’t be surprised if he is spotted amongst the Arsenal line-up in the near future.
Watt shows his potential