15year-old Mile Svilar could be Arsenal next David Seaman.
We’ve heard of Benik Afobe being the next Ian Wright and it seems we are well on course to sign the next (albeit light skinned) Patrick Viera in PSG’s Adrien Rabiot. Wenger’s planning on transforming Welbeck into the new Thierry Henry, while Per Mertesacker has been playing Tony Adams for a while now. With out-field positions covered, have we now spotted the next David Seaman?
Well, reports say that 15-year old Anderlecht shot stopper, Mile Svilar, is the next big-thing in world goalkeeping. His tag as ‘the next Thibaut Courtois’ may not be the most patronizing for most Gooners, but the fact his abilities have got top rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United seriously interested is reason enough to explain why the Arsenal scouts have been made to work over-time monitoring the young lad. He has already had a trial with Chelsea while United are said to have asked to be given the opportunity to assess him.
Prospective suitors will have to face off with the youngster’s Father as he insists that, though “everyone wants him”, he will stay on at Anderlecht for the next four years at the minimum. Svilar is yet to sign a professional contract with the Belgian Champions with his sixteenth birthday still months away. Mr Svilar is keen on seeing his child further his development close to home, rather than take the option of going abroad to a big club. Those words imply that the likes of Arsenal will have to come up with very coercive and convincing arguments on how they intend to secure the continued progress of the player if he is to leave Anderlecht.
Svilar has not attracted all these interests just by being of the same nationality with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. The world may only have taken notice recently, but he had already started reaching heights beyond his age a couple of years ago. At just 14, Svilar has accumulated 3 accolades as the ‘best goalkeeper’ at the Under-17 Aegon Future Cup, the Under 19 PSV Otten Cup and the Copa del Agatha, this year.
Arsenal are not exactly short on the goalkeeping front, certainly not as we are in defence. Ospina and Emi Martinez are reliable as deputies to Szeczny and they are capable enough to handle their responsibilities. Josh Vickers, the academy team goalie, is the closest to these two. This has not prevented us from being linked with other targets in that area, with some sources claiming a January move for Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas is likely to happen.
Bringing Svilar in to grow his game within the Arsenal academy must secretly appeal to his father, with our proven track record of giving youth a chance. Szeczny, who has now been first choice for the last three seasons, did come as a teenager, weaving his way to the top despite the trio of Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone being the top goalkeepers at the time. Almunia faded away, Mannone looked elsewhere for more opportunities, while last season’s FA Cup keeper, Fabianski has gone on to be number one at Swansea.
It could take as much as 5 years for the young Belgian to get into the first team, and who says he would not have gained enough within the period to modify his current tag to become ‘the next David Seaman’?
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