With a host of players absent due to international duty, Osman Kamara received his first Premier League 2 callup as Arsenal U21s took on Blackburn Rovers yesterday.
Kamara had previously featured for the second-string in the Premier League International Cup, but this was still a significant step forward for the player who is the youngest out of Arsenal’s 2022 scholarship intake.
This season Kamara has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers at U18 level and he has especially come to the fore in the club’s FA Youth Cup run, with his contributions as a substitute having helped Jack Wilshere’s side reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Kamara mainly features out wide for the U18s but he was deployed as a striker when he entered the fray late on for the U21s yesterday.
Although he is still raw in some aspects, Kamara has excellent technical ability and he is capable of holding up play superbly. In addition he can score spectacular goals at times, as evidenced by his amazing strike for the U18s against Crystal Palace recently.
The 16-year-old will be determined to feature again for the U21s before the conclusion of the campaign and it seems likely that next season he will be heavily involved at that level.
Kamara can certainly be pleased with the contribution he has made this season and if Arsenal are to get past Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals then it is likely that he will be required to make an impact again.