Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole, has said that Bukayo Saka’s versatility could make him find it very difficult to become a top player if he doesn’t nail down one position in the Gunners squad.
Saka has played different positions for Arsenal under their manager, Mikel Arteta, this season, but Cole is now saying that he felt for him because he is used and abused by coaches who rely on his adaptability.
“I think he’s a shining light in this Arsenal team,” Cole told Sky Sports as Arsenal defeated Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
“He plays with courage, fearless at times. But I just feel when you don’t cement down one position, it’s very, very difficult to nail that trade down to become a top, top player.
“As a manager, you love it, because he’s adaptable, he can play in three or four positions, which is brilliant.
“But I just feel for him at times because he’s kind of used and abused.”
Asked what is Saka’s best position, Cole replied: “I like him from the right but not as a wing-back.
“I like to see him in the attacking areas, where he can cut in on his left foot, combine, and he’s got that smart little movement to get in behind with his pace as well.”
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