30 Oct 2016

Boss raves: Liverpool sensation is like 'exciting' €25m Man Utd attacker. 'I'm shocked' he's playing as a RB

Ex-Reds coach Karl Robinson has compared Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold to one of Manchester United's rising stars.

Speaking to the 5-Times Podcast this week, Robinson - who left MK Dons this week after 6 years managing the club - hailed Alexander-Arnold as 'brilliant' and 'fearless', and further noted:

"He reminds me of Jesse Lingard^. It shocked me that Trent is a right-back. Maybe it's because he has the physical attributes to play out wide and can cope with the demands of the game there."

Although it's a shame to see an attacking player converted into a defender, the switch is good for Arnold as it undoubtedly increases his chances of first-team game time.

Historically, academy attacking players rarely make it as first-team regulars, and with current personnel (Mane, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana etc), there's little chance of an academy winger getting regular game time. The situation is a little better for Academy defensive players, however, with first-team chances available on a more regular basis.

To be honest, I don't see what all the fuss is about re Arnold. He had a decent game against Spurs, but if you listen to some fans/pundits, they make it sound like he put in a once-in-a-lifetime performance. It's the usual hype-cycle in action once again, and the fact that Arnold is a Scouser will ensure the gross overpraise continues ad infinitum.

^ Lingard: €25m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Hailed as 'exciting' by Gareth Southgate


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