Arsenal are set to confirm the shock signing of Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town this week, according to journalist Sam Elliott from the Non-League Paper.
The left-back is a virtual unknown but has undergone a trial with the Gunners and is believed to have impressed the club enough to earn a deal.
Arsenal are expected to confirm a move for Bramall this week with reports claiming he will be offered a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Gunners this week.
The 20-year-old left-back is then expected to join up with Arsenal, completing a fairytale rise from non-league football to the Premier League.
Hearing Arsenal have won the race to sign Hednesford Town’s Cohen Bramall, the 20-year-old left-back. Will be confirmed this week #AFC
— Sam Elliott (@SamElliott_NLP) January 3, 2017
Arsene Wenger also appears to have confirmed the signing although he has warned fans the youngster may need some time to adjust before taking on the Premier League.
“Cohen Bramall has signed for us,” Wenger reportedly said. “He’s an exceptional physical talent. I don’t think he’s ready, today, to play in Premier League but he has similarities to a young Ashley Cole.”
While little is known about Bramall, Wenger’s words, particularly likening him to Cole, suggest he has huge potential and a big future ahead of him. While it is early days, it is possible Bramall could be Arsenal’s future left-back for some years to come.
Nacho Monreal will turn 31 in February and is heading towards the end of his career while Kieran Gibbs has struggled to force his way into the Arsenal team on a consistent basis and has a fairly poor injury record.
There are also several players who have made the leap from non-league football and gone on to enjoy great success in the Premier League football.
Perhaps the best example is Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who signed for the Foxes from Hednesford Town before going on to win the Premier League title with Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Likewise Manchester United defender Chris Smalling joined the Red Devils just two years after playing for Maidstone United. Smalling has gone on to win two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during his time at Old Trafford.
Bramall is surely to arrive on a nominal fee, making his signing hardly a gamble by Arsene Wenger but one that could pay off in big style if he can prove himself at the Emirates and take the huge opportunity that has been offered to him.