Adam Maher is one of the most talented young midfielders in the Dutch game. At 19-years-old he is already attracting the interest of Europe’s top clubs including Arsenal who have already made enquiries about him.
His coach Gertjan Verbeek has even encouraged him to move to Arsenal, describing the club and Arsene Wenger as the perfect way to get the best out of his potential and ability over the next few years.
However, the player has dismissed the chance to move to the club by stating he thinks it would be better for his personal development if he stayed in the Netherlands for another two to three years.
“I have already said that I do not want to go. I want a good stay in the Netherlands, at least another two to three years - I am only 19 - Last summer and last winter I indicated I want to go to PSV (Eindhoven),” Maher told NUSport.
So Arsenal now have two options; keep an eye on Maher and make a move for him further along in the future or try and change his mind and sort out a transfer which will see him move this summer.
He’s not being at all awkward, just perfectly reasonable and safeguarding his own interests for the next few years.
It’s understandable for a young player to look in from the outside and be put off from joining a huge club like Arsenal for the simple reason that he may not play.
Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and several more would more than likely get into the team ahead of him and he’d much rather be playing first team football in the Eredivisie than warming the bench at the Gunners.
He’s also already broken into the Netherlands senior side with two caps to his name so far. He may see a move away from Holland as a move which damages his chances of playing international football.
Arsenal are always going to be linked with this sort of player because of Wenger’s history, bringing young players through into the first team and turning them into superstars.
This is no an indication that the faith in Arsenal from youngsters all over Europe is dipping, it’s just a piece of logic on the part of a young man who wants to be as good as he can be.
It’s just frustrating for Arsenal that if they want him in two to three years, there will be a few more zeros on his transfer fee.
Arsenal fans, tell us what you think.
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