Arsenal fans have been left stunned after a 13-year-old made his debut for the club’s Under 18 side.
The Gunners have had a number of gems come through the ranks in recent years and Max Dowman might just be the next to add to the list if all goes well.
Dowman was thrown in at the deep end on Saturday, playing against opposition five years older than him. Arsenal beat Southampton 4-0, with Chidozie Obi-Martin scoring a hat-trick and Louis Zecevic-John getting on the scoresheet.
But in the second half, there was a huge moment when Dowman entered the fray. The midfielder, born in December 2009, has progressed through the ranks and normally represents the Under 15 side.
But Dowman was rewarded by Under 18 boss Jack Wilshere, who was more than happy to give him the opportunity.
“We take a holistic view of the academy, pushing our players to excel,” he said, as per Daily Cannon.
“Debut opportunities aren’t handed out lightly, and Max has demonstrated over the past few months that he deserves this chance. There are others on the verge of stepping up as well.
“He handled the moment admirably, sending an important message to the team that when we introduce players, they possess the quality to contribute effectively.”
Dowman, who has is said to already have a deal with Adidas, has understandably created a lot of hype amongst Arsenal supporters.
One wrote: “This kid has already eclipsed Ethan Nwaneri already?! He must be a lad talent!”
A second said: “I was playing runescape and my PSP at that age. What am I doing with my life.”
A third added: “Hale end never fails to produce talent.”
A fourth user commented: “Best in the country for giving youth a chance. But even then, that’s crazy young.”
A fifth joked: “And here I was watching Dragon Ball Z and playing cricket in the park as a 13-year-old. And this kid just made his debut for Arsenal U18s at the same age. Unbelievable.”
A sixth simply stated: “This is absurd.”
Arsenal have given an Under 18 debut to players barely in their teens, as seen in goalkeeper Remy Mitchell getting the nod against Aston Villa in 2018.
And they also made Ethan Nwaneri the youngest player in Premier League history aged 15 years and 181 days old in September 2022.
Joseph Omode is a Media Consultant, Political Analyst, blogger and a Web developer.
He had a Diploma in Computer Science in 2008 and graduated from Delta State University from the Department of History and International Studies in 2014.
He is an IT expert that has worked as an IT Project Manager in different organizations and has been active in Journalism and ICT related activities.
He was appointed on several occasions to serve in the Media and Publicity Directorate of different All Progressive Congress APC party platforms in the just concluded 2023 general elections.
He is a result driven, self-motivated and resourceful personnel with an ability to successfully translate desired methods, messages, concepts and underdeveloped ideas into imagery. He is also a confident, enthusiastic and hardworking personality that has intensive knowledge and charisma, as well as genuine interest in educating others.
He loves sharing information and ideas to his audience. He loves sports especially football. He is dedicated to blogging about events happening around him.
He is the director of media and publicity, south south zone of Betta Edu New Media Centre (BENMC).
He is the National Secretary General of Dr. Betta Edu Youth Initiative Project which is headed by Usman Mohammed Tsakuwa, the former SSA to Kano State Governor, His Excellency Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
He is the owner and Chief Editor of a popular online Media platform, Alexa News (alexa.ng).