So far this January transfer window, there haven’t been as many different players to link Arsenal with as usual, as the media either seem to have remained quiet or Wenger isn’t looking to do business at all. But regardless of the fact, two players that have been heavily in this window are two young players with exceptional talent.
Firstly is Julian Draxler who, despite an injury, which can be noted as an ‘injury’ if you see what I mean, could still join Arsenal this window if the two clubs agree upon a fee. The player seems keen to come, yet of course the defining factor is the price tag and so far there doesn’t seem to have been too much progress, although some rumours state a pre-contract deal for the summer could be struck instead. But aside from Draxler the other player that seems to be on Arsene Wenger’s wish list is Paul Georges Ntep.
Now his name may not be as familiar as Draxler’s, nor may he be as good as the other, however there still seems to be a lot of potential and quality at such a young age. At just 20 years old, Ntep has scored 10 league goals in 21 appearances this season and although it may be in France’s second division it’s still no mean feat for the youngster and from the reviews being written it seems he could be a good buy if we were to get him.
The only thing we must consider and hopefully Wenger would see too, is that there is absolutely no way that Ntep would be good enough to currently lead our front line as a solution to our striker issue. It’s not that he doesn’t have talent because his eye for goal and ability on the ball must be good for many top European clubs to be targeting him, however with such inexperience it’s almost a certainty that he would struggle rather than flourish in the front line of immediate first team football.
But what is actually happening over the French youth player remains to be confirmed with conflicting reports coming out of France that suggest that the player hasn’t had interest from Arsenal, according to the Auxerre Club President. Whilst on the other hand, the French media seems to suggest that he has signed a five year deal with the Gunners already and his teammate revealed that he had played his last game for Auxerre, so it is all a bit confusing.
The player is out of contract in the summer and so is sure not to command too much of a fee, however even if he does join in January, for the amount that Wenger is sure to pay for him, I think Ntep will be a good little addition to the squad, especially so if we then go onto buy another world class player.