2. Adam Reach – Left Full-Back
- Age: 21
- Best Asset: Pace and agility
- Assists: 6
- Previous Clubs: Academy Player
With an impressive 34 appearances so far this season, Adam is another regular on the team sheet week-in, week-out. Adam Reach is just 21 but is making his own headlines in the Boro’ programmes after joining the club back in 2010.
This left-sided defender has the quality in his height and pace, two traits you rarely see next to each other. He’s already picked up six assists in the league, and even provided the ball for one of the goals against Manchester City in the last round.
His discipline is also something to look at, as the Englishman has only picked up one yellow card in all games he’s played this season, so it will take a lot for Walcott or whoever it may be to get on the wrong side of this defender.
The right flank at Arsenal at the moment has been looking a little bit shaky, with Bellerin seeming to go missing in the big games, and the uncertainty of exactly who dominates that position at the moment, Welbeck, Walcott or Ozil? Reach will be rubbing his hands thinking about the chance to battle down the left hand side, due to Mertesacker having a tendency to get dragged out to protect the right back.
One thing we can say is watch out for his darting runs, and the ability to pick out a cross when it matters, he is a player that will put in the effort up until the final whistle, so Arsenal can’t afford to switch off whilst he’s about.