The majority of Arsenal’s U23 squad possess a considerable amount of experience of playing at that level, but that certainly doesn’t apply to Nathan Tormey.
Tormey, a talented winger, is looking forward to the new season perhaps more than any of his team-mates as he aims to finally make an impact having spent most of his scholarship on the sidelines owing to injury.
The Hale End product, who is extremely quick, was restricted to just 32 minutes of action for Arsenal’s U18 side over the past two seasons, but, having returned to training towards the end of last campaign, he is now fully fit and determined to make an impact for the U23s.
Competition for places will certainly be fierce, especially with Xavier Amaechi, one of the club’s standout prospects, currently ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, Tormey possesses a lot of potential himself and produced some encouraging performances during pre-season.
It will certainly take some time for Tormey to both build up his match fitness and to adapt to the demands of playing U23 football, but he could go on to enjoy a productive season, one which hopefully won’t be ruined by injuries.
A fine dribbler, Tormey isn’t especially strong physically and his shooting can be a little wayward at times, but he is excellent at bursting past opponents and could prove to be a very useful member of the squad for the U23s as they look to retain the title.
Arsenal get their campaign underway on Saturday when they travel to face Manchester City and Tormey will be aiming to be involved in some capacity in that fixture as, at long last, he looks to demonstrate his quality.