Fast Track For Jeff Reine-Adelaide (JRA)
Fast Track For Jeff Reine-Adelaide (JRA)
That glorious sight when Jeff Reine-Adelaide first opened his legs, and we marveled at what we beheld. It was as though a new sun had appeared, more awesome, more wonderous, more splendid.
Now, I’m not one to overhype a young talent. There are those out there with that flaw. But I am not one of them. No. Not I.
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus,
and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about.
As Wenger is wont to do, he stuck JRA out on the wing, where he dutifully plied is trade for his Lyon cameo and most of the Wolfsburg match. But, after 50 minutes of the Wolsfburg match, JRA decided to fuck this for a game of soldiers and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. He cut across field and picking up the ball in the middle of the park, he spread his legs, rode a tackle or two where it looked like he had lost the ball, fought off two sharks by punching them in the face just before he delivered a perfectly angled, perfectly weighted diagonal pass to meet the run of Walcott
who plundered the booty of Wolfsburg’s stingey defense.
What amazes me is how LITTLE hype the media has given this player. Can you imagine how much hype Jordon Ibe, Adnan Januzaj, or Harry Kane would have received had they fought off two sharks to lay on a perfect assist? Exactly. Fucking media.
The amazing thing is, it wasn’t a “one-off.” How do we know? Just 10 minutes later he did almost exactly the same things a 2nd time. He ghosted into the middle, collected a pass, rode a tackle, punched two sharks (different ones,) and split the defence for The Finisher to pounce again. Alas, the Wolfsburg Keeper was from the Neuer school of goal-tending and was 20 yards beyond his box to sweep it away. The bastard.
Two runs that carved open a Wolfsburg defence that had stubbornly resisted our other assaults. Two times he kept his head up after the run before threading the eye of a needle. Always with an end purpose, rather than jizzing himself after showing off his skills in front of 60,000 fans – like any non-special 17 yo would.
“Reine-Adelaide is something special you know,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He is a great talent and when he came on you could see that — 17 years old let’s not forget that. In fact I don’t remember how I played at 17 but I didn’t play like that!”
What does the future hold for Jeff’s Runny Marmalade? I think Arsene will keep him close: Train with the squad, get him some minutes in cups, and some U21s.
“He will definitely be here,” said Wenger after the match. “He is 17 years old and looks very promising, but he needs to work with us now for a year with the first team, to play with the U21s and develop. There is a fantastic potential there and he will stay with us.”
In some situations, of course, he has the game of a 17 year old, but on the other hand he has shown great potential as well…He looks very advanced physically and I’m sure that he has learnt a lot from these two days.”
But here is where I think there is a difference to Crowley, Zelalem and Co, even if they are the same age or older: JRA as a physical specimen has already arrived. He matched Lyon and Wolfsburg not just technically or with trickery or with vision and passing – all of which are no mean feat – but he rode tackles, he bullied players, he was stronger and faster, and he gave better than he got. And one other thought. What Crowley and Zelalem provide, we already have in our squad to some extent. We don’t have a Pogba/Vieira/Diaby type.
The guy is a stud. Keep filling him with turkey dinners and, by Christmas, he’ll be bigger than all them bastards. He kind of already is.
Where will he play? Wide, I would guess, for as long as Arsene is trying to scramble him minutes. But JRA is so dominant, he will be moved inside to dictate the game as soon as Arsene can do it. It’s a mistake to compare players to previous players. They’re all different. But JRA has a Vieira/Pogba feel to him – graceful, skillful, powerful, and the deceptive canter across open ground that gobbles up a midfield and has him threatening the box in the blink of an eye, bodies strewn in his wake.
Fast, dominant, powerful, his head always up.
Why would you put him anywhere else but the center? How could you put him anywhere else, if you like winning things?
First things first, Arsene will keep him close to home, rear him by hand-feeding him. But this lad is a fast-tracker if I know anything about talent-spotting (I don’t.)
Again, Arsene’s line that you may have too hastily discarded: “In fact I don’t remember how I played at 17 but I didn’t play like that!”
That is a man who has been made to dream again, living through a young man’s talent who has abilities the manager could only have imagined for himself. I’m not sure Arsene can do anything but play the boy as his precocious talent is matched by development.
“That glorious sight when Jeff Reine-Adelaide first opened his legs, and we marveled at what we beheld. It was as though a new sun had appeared, more awesome, more wonderous, more splendid.”
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But here is where I think there is a difference to Crowley, Zelalem and Co, even if they are the same age or older: JRA as a physical specimen has already arrived.
I can still feel that sharp stab of excitement that got me the first time he accelerated up the middle of the pitch against Wolfsburg. The Jeff is an amazing athlete first and foremost. And comparisons to Diaby/Pogba came to my mind as well. And to Wilshere, in the way he ran at the oppo, showed them a little bit of ball and then jinked away. So exciting. But then I keep also remembering Jay Emmanuel Thomas, who was also a phenom, and then I feel a little bit sad. So I hope this guy fulfils his promise.
Oh, dear. sorry. I’ve broken the comments and now everything will appear in italics.
Oh no I haven’t. Phew.
All these comments coming from the same person. Bit disappointing for you, I expect.
Haha. This is the best. Cheers, mate. Much appreciated.
Yeah, I’m thinking / hoping this is the real deal but as always only time will tell. Thanks for chipping in 🙂
Oooh I think I did Jizz like a 17 year old jink wizard at reading this. In a world where we crave to view the next thing off the production line, only to be flatly disappointed (Tom Cruise, Jay E-T, Afobe, Miyaichi, Eisfeld, too many to mention!). This man (err boy) does ‘feel’ different though. He has had a similar impact to Wilshere when Jack played a blinder against Rangers. I guess it’s an unequivocal belief in ones self, that whole ‘playing without fear’ we hear Roy Hodgson bat out time and again. JRA might have just saved us a few million I reckon.
p.s. have you read Jonathan Liew’s article in the telegraph? I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Liew, but this article had me in stitches if you read it with an objective mind.
Now I’m getting totally carried away & dreaming of life in 2019.
Akpom / Theo / Danny up top, ‘fluid’ front 3 sitting behind, consisting of 3 from JRA / Iwobi / Ox / Gnabry
Haha. Dream on, brother.
All right, I will say it and please guillotine me, at times JRA looked like Thierry Henry.
Of course, the Telegraph resident purulent-envious-nauseating-idiot-sarcastic (penis) journo Liew was inconvenienced; I will not link to his sarcastic cheap-rant-article-prose (crap) about JRA and neither should you.
haha, hello Ray. Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more. Liew is a narcissistic hack at best. However, pretend you haven’t read a Liew piece before, and you know nothing about him, and then take off the Arsenal bucket hat, & read it as a light-hearted comedy, and then you might find it funny “A box of unworn Fran Merida masks” is ingenious.
Mind you, you should only ever read artcles from these media bandits in a light-hearted way, as they know nuffink. Arsenal knows all.
It was too long and had too many obvious gags. I got bored really quickly. The idea was funny but zzzzzzzz.
Yeah. I read his piece. I was told it was v funny. It wasnt. It was also wrong. The boy Jeff’s “only moment” wasnt skinning KDB.
He had a superb assist, a near assist vs Wolfs. And a near assist v Lyon when Chuba hit the post.
But mainly it wasnt that funny.
And even more mainly, it was wrong.
Oh come on, it was funny (comedy is subjective of course). You read it with too much history & emotion. As a standalone piece of writing, it was good. Of course, any articles are devoid of factual content, & most comedy in any sense veers away from the truth, otherwise what’s the point. Finally, JRA must have rattled Liew’s cage if he bothered to dedicate his column to a 17 year old. He is also wrong that Arsenal fans have shouted JRA’s name from the rooftops as the coming messiah, so Liew is wrong on many many levels. But as more of a general parody on how we view the ‘next big thing’ at any club, it’s funny.
Actually I didnt read it with emotion. Someone (you) told me it was funny so I expected it would be. It was “ok.” There were funny bits.
It just didnt move me that much. But maybe it’s because I had just finished writing on same topic even if from a totally diff angle.
Like you say, subjective. And also depends on mood etc.
It was a measure of how good Jeff was that he reminded so many fans of so many diff quality players. I saw a bit of Thierry in him too.
My fav Jeff moment was his ball dancing skills just inside the 12 yard line, going this way and going that way. He had everyone dazed, nobody knew what this kid would do next, including Jack & co who gave up trying to anticipate and just stood there, equally mesmerized as the fans.
Haha. Yeah, that was good. He actually had a lot of moments considering. I did love those runs thru the midfield though.
yep, and it’s his driving thru the middle with an unnatural awareness & maturity of someone his age, that draws the Pogba comparison. He also wasn’t afraid to hustle the opponent if they have the ball.
Those 2 aspects are why I think he may get fast tracked. The first is something we lack. The 2nd is why he can handle the PL where Crowley/Zelalem & Co still need time.
Spot on. That’s also why Gnabry made such an impact before his injury
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Well written. I, too, hope he can fulfill the promise. We’ve lacked that TRUE midfield boss since Patrick Vieira left. Although we’ve still to replace that hardness that Vieira had. Anyone who could match Roy Keane kick for kick demanded respect (not just the ball!).
Yes, and that’s certainly why I think he can jump the queue in terms of our other starlets. What he provides we almost completely lack. Whereas Crowley and GZel, for example, are top prospects but provide what we already possess.
And JRA’s physique means he could run with the big boys at an earlier age.
Pure speculation, but, lets’ see.
Are you ‘effin kidding me.. The boy is nowhere first team.. Pre – season and everyone is going Lady Gaga over him.. thou am not sure whether it’s a he or she.. Just because Arsene says he’s special don’t mean he is.. I’m special FFS.. my momma told me so.. And you@PIMP.. stick your arse where it belongs. . Ain’t nobody fuckin’ with moì. . (The husband should have said that)
Sorry I didn’t take my meds. . 😆
The futures bright, the futures red.. The future is Arsenal..
Overall, one can get very carried away with this sort of stuff (I’ve just been drooling over youtube videos of Donyell Malen & imagining him linking up with JRA in time), but lets just enjoy it all for what it is. A good, sorry brilliant, club developing & coaching players to maturity, adding the odd bit of stardust & lets all get behind & support this awesome club of ours.
Fully agree. Take our enjoyment where we can find it. There are never any guarantees.
Hey PIMP, 3 articles in July I feel spoilt haha. With regard to the Jeff got to say he is truly exciting, hopefully he goes on to realise his potential and become one of the Arsenal greats.