Graeme Souness picks out trait Emile Smith Rowe shares with Paul Scholes

Emile Smith Rowe has been hailed for his style of play by Graeme Souness who has spotted similarities between the Arsenal youngster and Paul Scholes.

The creative midfielder has made himself a mainstay in the starting XI since Christmas and continues to go from strength to strength.

He is one of several young players who have been crucial for the Gunners with Souness highlighting his speed of play.

The pundit praised the "picture" he appears to have in his head, something he felt Scholes had mastered.

He said on Sky Sports: "I do like him, he’s got wonderful technique, pops it off first time, sees the picture.

"I don’t like midfield players – not naming any because there’s plenty around – that receive the ball and have to have two or three touches before they get their head up.

"[Smith Rowe] sees the picture early. I’m not saying this boy is like Paul Scholes but Paul Scholes was one of those players who had a picture in his head, whenever the ball was threatening to come near him he knew what he was going to do with it.

"[Smith Rowe] does it. Pops it off first time, moves, he’s silky, and he works his socks off. I think he’s got a big future."

The 20-year-old has benefitted from several loan spells away in recent years.

Smith Rowe has made 26 appearances under Mikel Arteta this term, scoring twice, and former Gunner Nwankwo Kanu hailing him and Bukayo Saka.

He said: "They offer the team so much through their versatility. Saka can play in so many positions, and when he’s not playing, you can see the side struggles without him.

"Smith-Rowe is a very good player. He can open up games and Arsenal definitely need him to play more in the next few years."

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