Arsenal have secured the services of Manchester United’s 15-year-old defensive prodigy Reuell Walters, who was also ex-Tottenham youth player.
As reported by Manchester Evening News, Arsenal have snapped up another exciting young English talent in the shape of Reuell Walters. The 15-year-old defender joins from Manchester United as part of the club’s scholarship intake. He is set to play for the Arsenal Under-16 team this season.
Walters, incidentally, shares an interesting past as he was formerly a member of the Tottenham Hotspur academy before he had joined Manchester United. So essentially, he would become the second ex-Spurs defensive prodigy to join Arsenal this year, after Jonathan Dinzeyi joined the club in the summer.
Walters has already expressed his delight after confirming his move from Manchester United to Arsenal on social media. “New chapter. New beginning,” he tweeted. “Thanks to God and everyone who has played a part in my journey so far, especially my mum, dad, sister, family, and friends. Also a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started!”
The 15-year-old does indeed have an exciting future ahead of him if we consider the amount of success the Arsenal academy has had in recent years. They have nurtured a bunch of quality youngsters, transforming them into Premier League stars.
New chapter. New beginning. Thanks to God and everyone who has played a part in my journey so far, especially my mum, dad, sister, family, and friends. Also a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started! pic.twitter.com/gI2g6GcQlP
— reuellwalters (@reuellwalters) November 27, 2020
In the current team, for example, the likes of Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are all key members of Mikel Arteta’s plans. And there are already a few others waiting in the wings, including New York-born striker Folarin Balogun.
Although none of the aforementioned players are defenders, Walters has every reason to be optimistic as the Gunners are soon expected to revamp their defensive unit. As a result, they are likely to offload ageing, unwanted stars like Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi while David Luiz is also nearing the final phase of his career.
It could open up new opportunities, particularly for the youngsters to make an impact in the first-team. However, Walters’s first objective after joining from Manchester United will be to impress the onlookers in the Arsenal academy and rank up before he can even be considered for the senior side.
Nonetheless, the addition of the 15-year-old further strengthens the club’s youth department and the managers will surely keep a close watch on the ex-Manchester United youngster as he seeks to continue his development in north London.