Stevenage boss in praise of Arsenal youngster

Chuks Aneke goes close with David Beckham style lob

Stevenage manager Graham Westley says Boro are starting to see the best of Chuks Aneke after the teenage loan star impressed as a second half substitute at Preston on Saturday.

Replacing fellow loanee Luke Freeman midway through the second half, the youngster proved the most potent of Boro’s forward men in the final half hour of the game and went close on three occasions to winning his side all three points including a 40-yard lob over Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann which drifted just wide of the goal.

The youngster, who joined on loan from Arsenal a fortnight ago, made just his second appearance for the club at the weekend and afterwards Westley said the young attacker has now picked up the pace of League 1 football and called his temporary recruit a ‘fantastic asset’.

“Chuks had a couple of very good moments,” Westley said. “He bent a ball just around the far post with his [first] effort and had he scored [the lob] it was Beckham-esque. He’d beaten the goalkeeper all ends up and it just drifted wide of the post.

“Chuks has got qualities he’s begun to show this afternoon. We’ve seen him on the training ground, he’s starting to find his feet. The pace of the game is significantly higher than the football he’s been playing in the Premier League reserve team.

“But he’s a high quality player, he’s a fantastic asset and he’s going to be some player in the future.”

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