Isak Hansen-Aarøen lit up the FA Youth Cup final a couple of weeks ago. Now, he’s been praised by a fellow footballer.
There’s no doubt that during Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Youth Cup victory, Alejandro Garnacho was the man who everybody looked out for. After all, he’d already earned a few first-team call-ups and everybody knew his name.
However, there were many other impressive young footballers in full view at Old Trafford that day. Young Rhys Bennett at the back and Kobbie Mainoo in midfield.
We said it at the time. The one surprising standout to us was Isak Hansen-Aarøen, a tricky attacking midfielder who looked so comfortable with the ball at his feet. I immediately likened him to Bruno Fernandes in terms of playing style.
Now, the young man has been praised by his former Tromso teammate, Yttergård Jenssen. He described Hansen-Aarøen as an ‘artistic’ footballer who is so ‘playful’ with the ball at feet. There’s no surprise he was also directly compared with his countryman and Arsenal attacker, Martin Ødegaard.
“I think he was very good and the fact that he has taken the next step so well is very cool. I realized that this was a talented boy already in the first training.” Jenssen told Dagbladet.
“He has some skills that are completely raw. He’s so playful with the ball. And the way he moves on a football field… There’s something artistic about it. He is a bit reminiscent of Martin Ødegaard.”
For me, it was the confidence in which Hansen-Aarøen played with. He never once looked flustered, always tried to make things happen and constantly moved the ball forward. It was his inch-perfect cross into the box that led to the opener by U18s captain, Bennett, too.
It goes without saying, Hansen-Aarøen is at the best possible place to develop and grow as a footballer. Sure, this young man has an awful long way still to go in that regard, but this was undoubtedly the perfect way to introduce himself to the Old Trafford faithful.
Aged just seventeen, Hansen-Aarøen still has to grow physically before he’s ready to play for the first-team. He still looks a little lightweight to my eye and he may struggle against Premier League defenders. Over time though, that’ll come.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Hansen-Aarøen make the step up to U23 football next term at some point, gradually continuing his development and moving further along the path to the senior setup. No doubt Erik ten Hag is keeping a watchful eye on the Norwegian already.
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