Kyle Bartley – Youth Player of the Year

Since Jack Wilshere gets a lot of plaudits, let’s focus on another youth player for a change. That’s not to take away from Wilshere’s performances this year (including his playmaking against Liverpool in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final), but Kyle Bartley has been awfully impressive for the Reserves and the Youth squads.

He has made 28 overall appearances for the Reserve/Youth teams, and the most appearances for the Reserve squad of any Arsenal player. For an 18 year old, that’s an achievement.

He is tall, physical, and a commanding presence in the back. Alongside Havard Nordtveit and Gavin Hoyte, we finally have some young defenders who might break in to the first squad in a couple of years time. Taken from Bolton, Bartley has the tools to make it in the first team if he continues his improvement.

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