Sky Sports pundit Jay Bothroyd reckons Arsenal star Bukayo Saka could win the Ballon d’Or if he played for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The Gunners moved five points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a 4-0 win over Everton on Wednesday, as they eye their first domestic title since 2004.
Saka has been one of, if not the most important player to Mikel Arteta this season, chipping in with ten goals and nine assists in the league.
He was on target once more against the Toffees, opening the scoring before setting up Gabriel Martinelli to double their advantage just before the break.
Bothroyd: “He doesn’t get enough praise”
Whilst Arsenal are all too aware of the winger’s capabilities, Bothroyd believes Saka doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
Speaking after the game, he told Sky Sports: “Saka is one of the best wingers in the world. Let’s get it right.
“He doesn’t get enough praise. If he was playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona, he would be up for Ballon d’Or awards.
“He has been fantastic this year. He’s such a young player as well but he’s Arsenal’s talisman and he’s made a big, big difference today.”
Saka set to sign new contract
In a major boost for Gunners’ fans, Saka is reportedly on the verge of signing a new deal at the Emirates.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano provided an update on negotiations, claiming it is only a matter of time before it is signed by all parties.
“Bukayo Saka has always been clear in the last year: no negotiations with other clubs, he only wanted to stay at Arsenal as he loves club, project, coach,” tweeted Romano.
“New deal agreed one week ago after 13 months talks – it will be signed once final details and documents are sorted.”