After months of speculation regarding his future, Bukayo Saka has put pen to paper and signed a new contract that will reportedly keep him at Arsenal until 2024.
The promising talents of Saka have been on display a lot this season. He’s contributed 4 goals and 9 assists in all competitions this season and has been used in a variety of roles and systems this season, including yet another different role yesterdays game at Wolves.
“I [played him] in a different position because I believe that he could hurt the opponent in there and he scored a really good goal”Mikel Arteta – July 4. 2020
But what is Saka’s best position?
Saka has played most of his games this season at left-back – whether in a traditional back 4 or in the more advanced wing-back role in a back 5. During his time in those positions, he’s managed to score 1 and assist 3 in 12 appearances. Impressive numbers, but his defensive attributes are still lacking – he’s picked up 3 of his 5 yellow cards in the Premier League from the left-back position.
Saka hasn’t played much as a centre-mid, but some reports have suggested that Arteta’s long term plan for Saka is to become a central midfielder in the future. He has only played 2 games in the middle of the park, picking up one assist, but he showed a lot of quality in those games. His ability to find a penetrating pass without compromising his accuracy is also incredibly mature for a player of his age.
Saka has played a variety of attacking roles for Arsenal this season. At Wolves. he played as a right sided forward in a narrow front 3. More typically though, he’s played as a winger on the left and he’s excelled. He’s picked up 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 games – his best area for output. This is hardly surprising though, and his freedom in these areas often allows him to excel. He’s a natural dribbler, although his crossing definitely needs to improve before he can be a consistent threat from wide areas.
Clearly, Saka is a player with a number of outstanding attributes and his emergence is worth being excited about.
Which position do you think his future lies in?
Photo: cfcunofficial (2020)