Andries Jonker hailed Chris Willock’s potential after his man-of-the-match performance against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
The tricky midfielder beat three defenders to score a stunning solo goal in the under-19s’ Youth League opener, before he was brought down in the box in the second half, allowing Ben Sheaf to score from the spot.
Willock received a standing ovation from the home fans when he was substituted in the 77th minute, and Jonker was also keen to praise the 17-year-old.
"We know he’s a very, very talented player who can decide a match"
“We have high expectations of Chris,” he told Arsenal Player. “We know he’s a very, very talented player who can decide a match. He did that but he has to develop as well.
“We have a lot of creative offensive players and we also have smart players like Ben who have a lot of understanding of the game. He stabilises the team and help us keep the ball. In these kinds of situations when he can get a penalty, he can keep a cool head, finish the penalty and then it’s done.
“I have a lot of confidence in the potential we have already. We didn’t need this game to tell me that, but it confirms that we have got a good group. We agreed that we would focus on the next match straight away and the next match is Olympiacos at home. That’s the one to win.”
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