Having signed a pro deal with Arsenal, striker Folarin Balogun is eyeing better days ahead in the colours of the Gunners.
The forward has scored 22 goals in 23 appearances for Arsenal youth team in the 2018/19 season.
He was rewarded with a professional contract in February 2019.
“Signing my professional contract was a proud day. I have been at the club for over a decade and it was one of the main targets that I was focused on. The real hard work continues and I want to keep progressing so that I can make it into the first team,” Balogun told Arsenal.com.
Balogun further stated that the campaign has been good for him and declared his similarities with Gabonese international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“The season is going really well. I feel I’ve become a more clinical finisher and have scored 22 goals in 23 games. I do a lot of work in training trying to improve and develop different ways of finishing so that when the chance comes, I’m ready to use whichever option is best. It also helps to keep defenders guessing. As the standard of the teams in which you play rises, you get less and less time and fewer opportunities on the ball. This is what drives me to be as efficient as possible in front of goal.
“I am the sort of striker that likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and make runs behind them, similar to the way that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plays.”
Balogun was born in the United States to Nigerian parents and has played for England at youth level but says he is open to changing allegiances.
He is being targeted by Flying Eagles Manager Paul Aigbogun for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.
Should Balogun opt for the West African nation he would be following in the footsteps of other youngsters who had committed to the country of their parents.
Balogun has been with Arsenal since the age of 10 and signed his first professional contract with the club in February.