Kevin Campbell has hailed Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli as a “phenomenal” talent who “reminds me of the Brazilian Ronaldo”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker and father of Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell is hugely excited by the teenager’s potential.
Martinelli burst onto the scene at Arsenal last season and became the first teenager to hit double digits for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka.
But the 19-year-old broke down with a knee injury in June that required surgery and is set to sideline him for the remainder of this year.
Campbell explained how Martinell’s ability is similar to that of his fellow Brazilian Ronaldo, the retired forward widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever.
“I think Martinelli is the one, I really do,” Campbell told Football Insider. “Martinelli was sensational when he came in last season.
“He is a real handful – strong, direct and reminds me of the Brazilian Ronaldo. The way that he picks up the ball and runs at goal is phenomenal.
“I am not saying that he is Ronaldo but he reminds me of him, especially with that goal he scored at Chelsea.”
“Big future but I do not want to put too much pressure on him because he suffered that injury and he needs time to come back and get his feet under the table again, get comfortable and play games.
“Players tend to get long-term injuries and then come back and pick a niggle up somewhere else. He will need time to get back into the swing of things.””