Fortune hoping for better fortune ahead of next season


When Arsenal signed Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yassin Fortune last year, it was the arrival of the latter that attracted the most attention.

Soon, however, the spotlight fell on Reine-Adelaide, who impressed for the first-team in the Emirates Cup and quickly established himself as a key player for the U21s.

Fortune, meanwhile, was largely restricted to appearances for the U18s, with the youngster taking some time to adapt to English football.

The initial signs were encouraging, with Fortune delivering some impressive performances when deployed on the left wing for Frans De Kat’s side, but, as the season progressed, his influence waned a little and he concluded the campaign having scored seven goals in 22 appearances.

Fortune signed a professional contract with Arsenal midway through the season and his aim for 2016/17 will be to feature more prominently for the older age groups.

Breaking into the U21 side won’t be an easy task, particularly with the likes of Chris Willock and Reiss Nelson ahead of him, but some good performances for the U18s would give Fortune a genuine chance of promotion.

At his best the youngster is extremely difficult for defenders to deal with on account of his technique and ability to drift past players. He is capable of finishing astutely at times, but on other occasions is guilty of rushing his efforts.

On the whole, though, Fortune is a very talented player who has the potential to make great strides in the future. His first season at Arsenal was challenging at times, but he will have learnt from the experience and will now be eager to push on to new heights next campaign.



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