Balogun compared to two Premier League legends after impressive Arsenal cameo
Folarin Balogun has been tipped for big things at Arsenal – and club legend Martin Keown is on the bandwagon.
The teenage striker, who was linked with an exit last summer, has made his breakthrough in Mikel Arteta’s side in the Europa League.
He scored his first senior goal just seconds after coming off the bench against Molde a fortnight ago and again impressed on a longer cameo against Dundalk.
Balogun, 19, provided an assist and found the net himself late on with a smart finish as the Gunners ran out 4-2 winners in their final group stage game.
After his latest display, Keown urged fans to “remember the name” and even went as far as to compare him to Gunners legend Ian Wright and former Manchester United icon Andy Cole.
Speaking on BT Sport, Keown said: “I’m looking at him thinking, ‘remember the name’ tonight, really, because of the way he linked up, some great turns.
“You try and compare – is it Andy Cole or is it Ian Wright? There’s that sort of movement about him.
“I know they’re big name players and if he can live up to that he’s going to have some career.
“But I just like the way he’s always looking on the shoulder, his movement, creating space.
“I was really impressed. The way he scores the goal, the way he comes onto it, he’s pointing, give me it.
“He steps onto it, this is me, this is my moment, I belong here. I like that. He’s had to wait for his opportunity, he’s 19 years of age and already showing good signs.”
After making his debut against Dundalk last month, Balogun said: “Yeah it feels great. It’s a moment I have been waiting for for a little while so to finally get it feels great.
“I can only thanks Mikel and the staff for this opportunity and I look forward to doing it more often.
“It’s been tough, I’ve been at a few other clubs doing trials and stuff like that but I’ve been working my way through the academy and I think as time has gone on I’ve become a better player.
“I think that’s shown in my performances and I think it’s good now to get the recognition that my performances deserve.”