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Arsenal are set to battle rivals Manchester City for Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley. The youngster who continues to display maturity well beyond his age has repeatedly turned in assured performances in the middle of the park and thus attracting a lot of interest.
Despite being just 16, the wonderkid has already skipped several levels of youth football to break into Slaviša Jokanović’s senior squad which shows the unbelievable amount of talent he possesses.
After making 19 appearances for the Cottagers’ youth teams last term, the young midfielder has now managed to make his mark in the first team, which is reportedly how he has been noticed by some of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Arsenal and Manchester City have now been reported to be keeping tabs on the teen sensation.
O’Riley, who’s broken into Fulham’s first team this season, has caught the eye of Arsenal and City, claims the Mirror via Daily Cannon
The player’s manager has unsurprisingly predicted big things for him in the future but also called for caution to be applied regarding the player’s development.
“This player is in the process – he’s very talented player and he makes his job good enough for his age,” Jokanović told Get West London.
“In general, the games were one of the first challenges for him in senior football, he played good against Wycombe and he moved and try to offer the quality against Bristol too.
“It’s early and his first steps, but I used a lot of young players in these games and what I said before, they’re in the process of learning and I expect he can be an important player for our club in the future.”
Despite O’Riley currently being one of the biggest talents in his age group, should he make a move to North London, the step up in quality may just prove to be much for him. He will be expected to bide his time in the youth team before making his mark after acquiring some much needed experience.