Arsenal’s on-loan midfielder Charlie Patino has been praised by Blackpool manager Michael Appleton for his ‘outstanding’ performances this season.
Patino was handed his senior Arsenal debut by Mikel Arteta nearly a year ago but was allowed to leave the Gunners in the summer in order to receive more playing time.
The 18-year-old, who has represented England at Under-20 level, is regarded as one of Arsenal’s brightest academy prospects.
And following his display in Blackpool’s goalless draw away to Sunderland on Tuesday evening, Appleton claims Patino is one of the best midfielders on the ball he’s ever seen.
’18 years old he still is, he can deal with the ball in any area of the pitch, go past people left side, right side,’ Appleton said.
‘I said when he came to the club he’s as good as anything I’ve seen dealing with the ball and with good movement of the ball as you’ve seen tonight he can play as a six, can play as a ten, can play as an eight. He’s got a really, really good future ahead of him.
‘It’s important that we’ve got certain players in the team that can do that and deal with the ball.
‘Charlie’s already been mentioned but I thought he was outstanding tonight, especially in that second half.
‘He controlled the game, it was his game, he played at his tempo when he wanted to speed it up he sped it up, when he wanted to slow it down he slowed it down, when he wanted to switch the play he did it.
‘It was a very mature performance from a very young lad.’
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