YOUNG GUN NKE­TIAH TO BE A GREAT

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY SI­MON BIRD

ED­DIE NKE­TIAH has been told to be­come an Arse­nal goalscor­ing reg­u­lar if he wants to break into Gareth South­gate’s Eng­land squad.

The Un­der-21 star needs one goal against Turkey tonight to be­come the all-time record Young Lions scorer, nudg­ing ahead of Alan Shearer and Francis Jef­fers.

U-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd says Nke­tiah has “an aura” about him, and has to get to the point of fans and coaches know­ing he will con­vert when he gets a chance, to be trusted with jump­ing to the next level.

Eng­land will clinch ha a place at the Euro fi­nals start­ing in March with a win, as Nke­tiah goes for his land­mark – and Boothroyd (right) will field his strong­est st team.

He said: “Ed­die is des­tined for some big things. He will have to be play­ing reg­u­lar games for his club and be scor­ing goals.

“Hope­fully we can see him make that next step be­com­ing a reg­u­lar with Arse­nal and the se­niors.

“He has work to do but he can go on and do re­ally well.”

Nke­tiah has two goals for the Gun­ners this sea­son and nine in to­tal. He grabbed five on loan at Leeds last year, mainly com­ing off the bench.

Boothroyd said: “There are al­ways com­par­isons. You look at Shearer and Harry Kane – that is when you make the step from good young player to top se­nior.

“Ed­die is not quite there yet but not far off. He has an aura of re­spon­si­bil­ity and lead­er­ship about him. He is a nat­u­ral.”

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