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Manager tips exciting loanee to become an Arsenal starter

Manager tips exciting loanee to become an Arsenal starter


Brooke Norton-Cuffy celebrating his goal for Lincoln City (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy celebrating his goal for Lincoln City (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)

Following his important assist for the England u19s to help them qualify for the U19 Euros over the international break, Brooke Norton-Cuffy returned to his loan spell with Lincoln City to feature in a 2-1 win over the weekend.

Lincoln boss Michael Appleton has been consistently impressed by Norton-Cuffy during the loan so far, previously suggesting the youngster could have a Premier League future.

Appleton has now gone one step further, claiming Norton-Cuffy will undoubtedly play for Arsenal regularly in the future.

“He’ll go back to Arsenal a better player and I’ve got no doubts – it might not be for a year or two – but he will play in their first team on a regular basis,” Appleton said.

“He puts the work in every single day. We work a lot on putting it around the corner with the full-backs knowing that either one of the No.8s or the striker will be there.

It’s not luck, he practices it every single day for 5-10 minutes after training, so all the work is down to him. He’s putting the graft in so when it happens in games, he’s comfortable doing it.”

Brooke Norton-Cuffy with Lincoln City (Photo via Lincoln City on Twitter)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy with Lincoln City (Photo via Lincoln City on Twitter)

Arsenal are clearly hopeful Norton-Cuffy does have a future with the club, as they’re currently trying to extend his contract.

David Ornstein reported that Norton-Cuffy was expected to accept Arsenal’s offer of a new deal, though The Athletic write that talks are still ongoing following last month’s contract offer.

As it stands, Norton-Cuffy still has a contract with Arsenal to 2023, and there’s no suggestion he’s not going to extend eventually.

With his current form, he’s just given himself a stronger negotiating position to get the deal he wants.





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