By Declan Taylor
‘Delighted’ Steve Bould is keen to harness the undoubted talent of Emmanuel Frimpong - but not too much.
The Ghana-born midfielder, who is nine days younger than teenage sensation Jack Wilshere, turned in a superb shift in the Under-18s’ engine room during their victory over Wolves in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night. After the game, Bould rated Frimpong’s performance as his best yet.
The 17-year-old’s tireless shift in the middle of the park was peppered with some ferocious long-range efforts. And, although he does not encourage it, Bould conceded that he won’t have many complaints if Frimpong continues to test the goalkeeper.
“He keeps having a slash at goal and we tell him not to but he keeps hitting the target,” Bould said after the victory. “He can get a bit carried away sometimes because he’s a young boy who’s learning. He’s growing up and we’re delighted with his development.
“I thought he was excellent in terms of his defensive side which is something we’ve worried about a little bit. But, for me, that was his best game and we’re delighted.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Jan 2009