One of a host of youngsters that joined the club last summer, Joel Ideho’s first season at Arsenal hasn’t gone entirely to plan.
There have been some difficult moments for the winger, especially earlier in the campaign when he found it difficult to break into the starting lineup for the U18s.
Now, though, it appears that Ideho is finding his feet, with the prospect having produced some encouraging displays of late for Ken Gillard’s side.
Ideho scored for the U18s against Norwich City and followed that up with another strike against Reading last weekend, demonstrating his flair as well as his composure in the penalty area.
Capable of playing on either flank, Ideho joined Arsenal in October last year following a short spell at Ajax having previously been at Willem II.
The 17-year-old will be aiming to finish the season strongly with the U18s, who he will hope to help win the FA Youth Cup.
Next season Ideho will step up to the U23s, having already featured fleetingly at that level, which included an assist on his debut against Blackburn Rovers.
There are certainly raw qualities in Ideho’s game which the coaching staff will hope to use to mould him into a player that could eventually challenge for a place in the first-team squad.
Ideho is very quick and is difficult to defend against. At times he can make the wrong decision when in possession, but it is clear to see why Arsenal signed him as if he develops well then he has the potential to be successful.