Arsenal's 18-Year Old Hotshot Bukayo Saka Is Still Not Allowed In First-Team Dressing Room At Training Ground
Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka has emerged as one of the most exciting youngsters in English football but the 18-year old still isn't allowed in the first-team dressing room at the club's training ground.
Saka made his Gunners debut aged 17 last term and his involvement has been increased this season where he has a goal and three assists in five outings - with his only start coming at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
But according to John Cross from The Mirror, Arsenal's No.77 still hasn't quite earnt the right to get changed in the first-team dressing room.
It's said that the North London outfit have a long-standing policy of making young players wait before they are permanent members of the squad as they look to keep them grounded.
For now, he will put on his boots and shin pads in the academy changing room at the London Colney facility before going out to train with Unai Emery's side - something fellow academy prospect Emile Smith-Rowe had to do in the past.
"To be fair, I am not actually in the changing room at the training ground," Smith-Rowe is quoted as saying 12 months ago.
"I change separately, find out about 10 minutes before I am due to go out and just run over and train. I am still waiting to be asked to move along the corridor. I know a couple of players have done it - Alex Iwobi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles but yeah hopefully soon."
Saka came across extremely humble in a post-match interview after his exciting cameo appearance against Qarabag last season, following on from an impressive performance on the pitch.
This term, after he scored his first ever goal in the 4-1 win over Frankfurt, Saka celebrated by FaceTiming his dad and sharing the special achievement with him.
With a new and improved contract reportedly on the way, surely it won't be long before he's a fully-fledged Arsenal first-teamer.