EPL: He’s like Wijnaldum – Arsenal told to replace Xhaka with 25-year-old star
Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, has told Arsenal to replace Granit Xhaka with 25-year-old Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans this summer.
Whelan believes Tielemans is like former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, adding that the midfielder is very competitive.
Arsenal have been linked with Tielemans for some time now.
Leicester City are also said to have accepted the fact that Tielemans will leave the King Power Stadium this summer transfer window.
Tielemans’ current deal with Leicester will expire in the summer of 2023.
Asked if Tielemans would be an upgrade on Xhaka, Whelan told Football Insider: “I do. I am a big fan of Tielemans. He is a fantastic player – he is like a Wijnaldum in that midfield, he does everything.
“He is very competitive, great on the ball, good eye for a pass, set pieces. He can score goals as well.”
He added, “That is an area where Xhaka has failed during his time at Arsenal. Partey is more of a sitting midfield player, and Tielemans could come in and get forward and cause problems. We know the quality he has. He would add that extra level above what Xhaka has offered over the years.”
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