Arsene Wenger has confirmed Cohen Bramall will start in Arsenal’s U-23 squad, but believes he has the potential to play in the first team.
The 20-year-old left-back had been on trial with Wenger’s side, with Arsenal having now paid a nominal fee, believed to be £40,000, to recruit the former factory worker from Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Hednesford Town.
Wenger revealed he was particularly impressed with Bramall’s physical qualities and it is now just a case of whether he can adapt to the technical and tactical aspects of the game.
“First he has to show at youth level that he can quickly make the first team,” Gunners boss Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“Overall I believe he has fantastic physical qualities, he has a good level of motivation because he has gone down and come up again. He has to prepare, to challenge the first-team players as quickly as he can. That could be in a very short period of time.
“He has the ingredients: the timing of his runs is very good, he has decent technique and exceptional pace. These are very important ingredients today.
“He was an athlete before and he came late to the game and that’s why I believe in him. Can he manage the tactical aspect and the technical aspect? Physically, he will be top level.”