Baggies boss Mowbray tips loanee Simpson to make big impact at Arsenal
17 January 2009 12:39
West Brom forward Jay Simpson has had an impressive start to his loan spell at the Hawthorns
West Bromwich manager Tony Mowbray is not a man given to outlandish statements.
So when he says Jay Simpson has the qualities to be an Arsenal player â€˜for a very long timeâ€™, it pays to listen.
On-loan striker Simpson, 20, will make his full Hawthorns debut on Saturday in a game against Middlesbrough that will provide yet another twist to an intriguing battle to survive the drop.
He showed flashes in his first game at Villa Park last week and followed it with a stunning strike against Peterborough in the FA Cup.
â€˜I donâ€™t want to put too much of a burden on Jay,â€™ said Mowbray.
â€˜Clearly, heâ€™s a very good footballer. He scored a great goal the other night.
'In training, heâ€™s got a real enthusiasm and quality in what he does.
'Yet he still has moments where you can see he is still a boy, in terms of the game.
â€˜Heâ€™s got the potential to damage Premier League defences. Heâ€™s certainly got the potential to excite our supporters.
â€˜I canâ€™t compare him to anyone. What I like about him is that he can dribble with the ball as well as run without it.
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'Thatâ€™s a great quality because a lot of strikers just want to run into the space behind.
'Others just want to dribble all day. Yet this kid can do both.
â€˜He also has a thirst to score goals. You can see that in training. He has a good technique striking the ball and a desire to work hard.â€™