So, according to The72 and Plymouth Herald, we are linked with Stephy Mavididi from Arsenal. You may be wondering who he is, well here is our player profile.
The English striker was born in May 1998 (19 Years Old). Born in Derby the 5ft11 Striker came through the Arsenal Academy and got his first professional contract in July 2015
It was in the under-18s, where Mavididi excelled. Although the team eventually finished second from bottom in the South Division in 2014/15, Mavididi scored an outstanding 15 goals in 16 appearances. He also started five out of seven UEFA Youth league games, but also made 10 appearances for the under-21s. During that same season, Mavididi was a key member in an Arsenal under-17 side which finished third in the Alkas cup, where he was also top scorer.
The powerful striker was Arsenal’s under-21s’ top goal scorer in 2015/16, hitting the target 17 times in 30 appearances to help them earn promotion to Division One.
He scored 3 in the playoff final, against Aston Villa in the 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium. The forward was also a big part of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup run in 2015/16, scoring three times in the competition.
He was picked to represent England in the Under-17s World Cup in Chile in 2015, but was unable find the back of the net as England crashed out of the group stages.
He scored 6 goals in 11 games for Arsenal’s under 23’s last season, before going on loan to Charlton Athletic.
Mavididi was due to spend the second half of the season with Charlton Athletic in League One. Unfortunately, only managing 5 games before being stretchered off with a hamstring injury during a game against Bury, which would end his season.
He returned to Arsenal devastated, as was Karl Robinson the Charlton Manager. Robinson said Mavididi had made a bright start to life at the Valley, telling Standard Sport just days before the injury, that he expected the 18-year-old to thrive in the Premier League.
While he didn’t get very many games under his belt, Robinson was full of praise for the 19-year-old Striker. So it would appear that Mavididi has the talent, he just needs a stage to perform.
Mavididi is now back fit and ready to go, with several clubs looking to loan him for the season, Rovers will have tough competition to get him to Ewood Park.
I really like the look this move. At a glance, he doesn’t look spectacular, but dig deeper you see have has an eye for goal and he is very highly thought of.
He would be a great addition to the squad if we can get him. What are your thoughts, is this a good move or not?