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Box Office Bukayo Saka has the Premier League, the World (and the World Cup!) at his feet


talkSPORT host Mark Webster talks about the magic and courage of England and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka

When I see that a 20-year-old has just been named the cover star of GQ, I immediately think he must have taken the box office or the pop charts by storm. Not that he’s a footballer who hasn’t played a hundred games for his club yet.

Saka has been hugely impressive for England
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But Bukayo Saka – who made the cover of the famous style magazine in April – is not the average 20-year-old.

Something that became even more evident when it was reported that Manchester City were interested in trying the Ealing-born winger up north and up the table. While in North London, his Arsenal team are working to improve and extend Saka’s contract to ensure none of the above happens.

So that’s the club. But right now, for Bukayo, it’s all about country. With Germany the opposition in the Nations League, and a World Cup looming on the horizon.

Just like with Arsenal, Saka is still in the nascent period of his career in England. If he participates tonight, it will only be his 16th selection. But as with the Gunners, Bukayo’s contribution has already been significant.

Box Office Bukayo Saka has the Premier League, the World (and the World Cup!) at his feet
Saka was applauded by Tottenham fans
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Box Office Bukayo Saka has the Premier League, the World (and the World Cup!) at his feet
Saka is wanted by Manchester City and Liverpool
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Nonetheless, it’s a tragedy that his short spell in an England shirt was somewhat overshadowed by the appalling and racist reaction to his penalty shootout defeat in last summer’s Euro final.

Something was touched on yesterday by his England boss Gareth Southgate, who explained he thought the youngster was ‘extremely brave’ in subsequently turning up for Arsenal and converting penalties against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Moreover, it should also be noted that the poisonous minority was quickly booed. Specifically, last August when he received a standing ovation from the home crowd, of all places, at Spurs.

So not 21 until September. But already vital to his club, a twinkle in the eyes of the country’s top two clubs, and all set to be an integral part of his country’s pursuit of football’s biggest pot.

I take it all back… Bukayo Saka IS box office!





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