Age is not an issue anymore when it comes to hitting the big stage.
Borussia Dortmund recently played freshly-turned 16 year old Youssoufa Moukoko for his debut and are famed for their teenage tearaways. Jadon Sancho, Haaland, Reyna and Jude Bellingham are all names that have been bled into the BVB way and they have benefitted massively.
Ansu Fati at Barca is old enough because his talent dictates so.
So, when your team is incapable of scoring from open play for more than eight hours and creating chances seems about as likely as a shared stadium with Tottenham – it is time to seek alternatives.
Our attacking players are short of ideas, adapting to a new process and also, crucially, out of form. Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian, Pepe – all dangerous but right now, they are out of touch. They need to ride out this bad patch but it would help if they had someone feeding them. Attempted passes to Aubameyang in our game against Leeds was perilously low – and this was the first game the striker was being played through the centre.
We need a playmaker, and we have one that is bang in form.
We just need to trust his talent and forget his age.
Step forward Emile Smith-Rowe.
The playmaker is now 20 years old and is primed for an impact on the Premier League. His talent is gargantuan and he is putting in performances in the Under-23’s that are MOTM displays.
He is grabbing the attention of Arteta, and it is high time he played.
He is versatile to play on each flank and pick up positions that are optimised for our attack and he can thread a pass when the need arises. His close control is far and away his best asset and he can carry possession forward.
Put short, he is definitely worth a try during a time when Arsenal are creating nothing.
Emile Smith-Rowe may require some patience – not exactly our strongest trait as a fanbase – and he will make errors. But we should be excited. Emile Smith-Rowe is on the verge of making his name known.
Watch this space – and for our next few matches if our team's funk continues.