Arsenal Youth Awards 2013/14- the results


Thank you to everybody who voted in the Arsenal Youth Awards. The results for the four categories can now be revealed.

BEST UNDER-21 PLAYER

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David Ramos/Getty Images Europe

1) Chuba Akpom (49%)

2) Hector Bellerin (14%)

3) Jon Toral (8%)

Despite spending a sizeable portion of the season on loan in League One, Chuba Akpom still enjoyed another proficient campaign for Arsenal at U21 level. The striker scored six goals in nine league games for Steve Gatting’s side, which included a hat-trick in the win over West Ham United. Hector Bellerin finished in second place, despite only featuring seven times for the second-string in the league. Jon Toral, meanwhile, impressed in the second half of the season and now finally appears to be over the injury problems that have plagued him for so long.

BEST UNDER-18 PLAYER

1) Dan Crowley (41%)
2) Ainsley Maitland-Niles (30%)

3= Jack Jebb (7%)

3= Alex Iwobi (7%)

This was a considerably closer-fought contest than the U21 player award, but the winner will come as no surprise, with Dan Crowley, particularly in the early rounds of the FA Youth Cup, enjoying an impressive debut season at the club. The midfielder had to endure injury problems during the season, but still demonstrated glimpses of his undoubted quality. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, eclipsed all expectations with a tremendous campaign which ended with him firmly ensconced in the U21 set-up. Jack Jebb and Alex Iwobi were tied in third, with both players set to feature more regularly for the older age groups next season.

BEST SCHOOLBOY

1) Chris Willock (37%)

2) Kaylen Hinds (23%)

3) Stephy Mavididi (20%)

Chris Willock’s Arsenal future remains somewhat uncertain, but the youngster’s technical ability is beyond all doubt. Elsewhere, Kaylen Hinds continued to develop well in his second season at the club, whilst it was a little surprising that Stephy Mavididi didn’t accumulate more votes off the back of some excellent showings at U18 level. Overall, the new batch of scholars is certainly an intriguing group and, following some rather disappointing homegrown intakes in recent years, Arsenal may finally have a team that is capable of achieving great things at U18 level next season.

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Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe

BEST LOANEE

1) Joel Campbell (66%)

2) Chuks Aneke (29%)

3) Wellington (2%)

It has been another arduous season for many of Arsenal’s loanees, with several of the players on temporary transfer struggling to receive game time at their respective clubs. Two players bucked the trend, however, with Joel Campbell and Chuks Aneke making numerous headlines at Olympiacos and Crewe Alexandra respectively. Campbell, having previously spent time with Lorient and Real Betis, now finally appears primed for a chance in England. Aneke’s future is still undecided, but the midfielder has certainly enhanced his reputation further with an excellent campaign.

 

12 comments

  1. Bit surpirsed willock had most votes for best schoolboy. He’s obviously our most highly rated talent at that level but hasn’t really played much this season. Great potential though fingers crossed he stays. Take it I’m possibly the only one who voted for kris Olsson as best u21 player though that was a tough category to pick a standout.

    1. Hey don’t cut the rest of us short, with me that makes 2 official votes for Kris Olsson. Hopefully his lovely technique translates to future success!

    2. I voted for Olsson too. Has developed well this year.
      Among the schoolboys imo, Dobson and Mavdidi did really well this year

  2. Next year should be exciting. Looking forward to seeing how a number of them do. All being well, the areas where at times we seemed a little short of options last year-cb, strikers, left-sided players- will be well covered by this intake.

    Now….when do they all sign up? Early June?

    Finally, even though it would obviously hurt the prospects of our current youngsters, anyone more than keen for us to try for both Pat Roberts and Joe Gomez from what looks an outstanding Eng u17 team?

    Both would appear gettable, albeit for considerable money. In Roberts case it seems as certain as you can be, until 20-50 pro matches are in the bag, that we are talking about a bona fide star. While Gomez looks like he could be the next outstanding English cb. Risky to spend big on kids who haven’t proved it in senior football, but the fact is if they do go on to excel in the next year or two, we are very unlikely to get them.

    1. Roberts, Ledson and Gomez are the three i’d try and get. I would also like to see us go for Tyler Roberts who is a 99 born striker from west Brom. He looke doutstanding in the victory shield.

      1. Don’t think we could get Ledson from Everton, and maybe we’d have no chance with any, but you’re certainly right about Roberts. Pace, power, skill, good with both feet. Was brilliant in v shield and has since been scoring plenty for Wales’ u17s against good opposition. Big problem : Terry Burton just took over at West Brom and may be a bit miffed at Arsenal at the moment.

        We’d be wrong not to try for these players in my opinion. Much of the time the best prospects will already be at City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Utd, so when they aren’t, and when they’re really,really good…

      2. Both robert’s! Having said that in Tyler’s case it’s simply because I keep hearing of him when English youth is mentioned😛. Patrcik seems special though and call me crazy but I would pay £10mil for him. Know fulham are relegated but he just signed a new contract and you’ll have to add in the English premium. Ofcourse that would mean he’d be the only potential we’d invest in this summer but well worth it.

      3. Oh, I would definitely pay 10 million for Pat Roberts, A86. Wouldn’t like to say how much I’d pay in fact.

        Ok I’d go to fifteen if a lot of the payments were staggered/conditional. Crazy money I know, but we have no chance in a few years, if he lives up to his potential. Is it riskier than buying Walcott when, and for what, we did seems a fair way of looking at it. A tiny bit- he had twenty senior games under his belt- but not by much.

        My worry is that City and Chelsea will be happy to pay lunatic money for Roberts and Gomez if they are able to write it off as youth costs under FFP. I’d hope not, it would be stupid if they could, but maybe they can.

        I’m as keen on Gomez too. I’ve been waiting a long time for a top Englsih cb at the club. He fits the bill, we need a young defender to bring through, Charlton are struggling at foot of championship and…he’s an Arsenal fan

  3. I thought Mavididi deserved it over Willock, as he played a lot more at that level while also accumulating some 5 goals right? ALso Jeorge, how much do you rate Dobson? Where do you think he is better, CB or CM?

  4. If only 1 under 21 is to be afforded the opportunity to jump to the first team squad, I want it to be chunks aneke (that is classing Joel campbell as a first teamer already)

    I would place zelalem into the u21 squad, giving his place to aneke and sending zelalem to crewe.

    I would also give ryo’s place in the squad to campbell and see if ryo can replicate, what campbell achieved out on loan, in terms of performance and fitness!!

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