By Derek Smithson
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is hopeful that youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide makes a first-team breakthrough next season.
The 19-year-old is a highly rated talent at the Emirates Stadium, but made just six senior appearances last season.
The central midfielder featured for the north London club during the EFL and FA Cup campaigns, but failed to make an appearances in the Premier League.
Koscielny has spoken very highly about Reine-Adelaide and feels that he has the qualities to feature much more next year.
“I hope it’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide [who makes the senior step up],” Koscielny said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “He’s a young boy but I think he has a lot of quality.
“He plays some games every season and I think he can improve a lot. He can learn a lot with us. He has all the quality and after that it’s in his head to work more and to want to achieve something with this club. I hope he will start next season, play a lot and improve with us.”
Reine-Adelaide has found it difficult to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s side as their are a number of midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order.
The Frenchman will have to dislodge the likes of Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny if he wants a starting berth in the starting line-up.
Rob Holding was a good example last season that players can make the step up to the senior side and Reine-Adelaide will hope to follow in his footsteps.
In other Arsenal news, they are battling their London rivals for a Bundesliga defender.