Amid suggestions of imminent Arsenal debut, Reiss Nelson tips ‘best ever’ Gunners talent Patino for stardom
On-loan Arsenal man Reiss Nelson has urged fans to ‘remember the name’ of up-and-coming Gunners talent Charlie Patino.
‘Best I’ve seen’
Patino, 17, is currently carving his path through the youth ranks of Arsenal.
The starlet is a midfielder by trade, boasting a whole range of standout technical attributes.
After beginning to catch the eye with the Gunners’ U18s last season, Patino, despite his tender years, was subsequently called up to feature for the club’s U23s, in the Premier League 2.
And the months since have only seen the Englishman go from strength to strength, amid suggestions that Patino is not just one of, but THE most promising talent plying his trade on the red half of North London.
This is certainly an opinion shared by the man who proved the deciding voice in luring the teen to the capital early in his fledgling career, with Brian Stapleton, Gunners scout, having recently provided an insight into Patino’s talents:
‘Of all the years I’ve been scouting, he’s the best kid I’ve ever seen.’
‘I got a tip off about Charlie from a guy, so I went over there and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He was 11 and I think he was playing in the Under-13s, and I was like ‘wow’.’
‘His first touch was unbelievable, his vision, his awareness of space. He was way above his years, he was on another planet to anyone else on the pitch.’
‘I made a phone call to my head of my department at Arsenal at the time, Sean O’Connor. He asked what I thought and I said, ‘well, I’m not coming back again. I don’t need to see any more, you need to sign this kid straight away.’
Quotes via Goal
Nelson’s stamp of approval
Such attributes have seen suggestions begin to spread in the media of late that Patino, at just 17, could well be taken into consideration by Mikel Arteta to feature in Arsenal’s EFL Cup meeting with AFC Wimbledon later this month.
This comes with the youngster having continued to light up the Hale End scene over the early weeks of the new season:
Charlie Patino pulling the strings in midfield for Arsenal U21s tonight.
⭐ Always available and impressive distribution – he’s wearing the captain’s armband too.
Will surely be in contention for the cup tie against AFC Wimbledon on Sep 22. #AFC pic.twitter.com/XkyROiMod0
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 7, 2021
And, as outlined above, this week, one of the high-profile Gunners youth products to have ultimately fallen short in his efforts to secure a regular first-team berth at the Emirates has too provided his backing to Patino.
Taking to Instagram in response to a post on the part of the midfielder himself, Reiss Nelson, currently on loan in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord, unveiled a simple three-word message:
‘Remember the name’
Reiss Nelson on Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino:
“Remember the name” 💫 pic.twitter.com/2ezP9uJukU
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 8, 2021
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