Reiss Nelson has exploded onto the scene this season following a string of brilliant
performances for Hoffenheim. This has seen his price sky rocket on the Index – so traders
will be wondering, who could be the next Arsenal player to rise like Nelson when exposed to
more regular first team football.
Emile Smith-Rowe (£2.69)
You’ve probably already heard about Smith-Rowe, he’s moved into the first team picture
since Unai Emery took over, and has looked impressive in his brief game time during Europa
League games this season. With Aaron Ramsey set to leave the club either in January or at
the end of the season, Smith-Rowe will probably have more opportunities to grab the
attention of Emery, the fans and the media. Still just 18, the sky is the limit for Emile and he
will certainly take inspiration from Nelson’s recent form.
Eddie Nketiah (£2.31)
Aged just 19, Nketiah is a young English forward with a huge amount of potential.
Unfortunately, he has had to compete with Lacazette, Aubameyang and Welbeck so far this
season. Welbeck’s injury may present opportunity for Nketiah, especially in the final Europa
League group games. If he can get on the scoresheet when given the opportunity, expect
hype to follow.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£1.87)
Maitland-Niles is an interesting one. Aged 21, injuries have perhaps restricted his
progress so far, but there is clearly a lot of talent there. Now back fit, a few good
performances over the festive period could see his price move significantly,
especially if he starts to get mentioned in the national team picture. It’ll be interesting
to see where Emery deploys the Englishman. He’s very versatile, able to play as a
full back, winger or central midfielder. One to watch.
Alex Iwobi (£1.83)
He’s not English so won’t get the same media attention, but there’s still plenty of room for
growth in Alex Iwobi’s price in my opinion. Now a regular for club and country, the 22-year-
old currently costs less than £2. If he can develop his end product then Iwobi’s price could
seriously sky rocket. Emery is clearly a fan of Iwobi and there’s been a marked improvement
in his performance since the Spaniard took charge. With a new contract signed in the
summer, Iwobi will have the time and space to continue to make steps forward.