April 13, 2024

Former Sunderland youngster Mason Cotcher has been impressing while on trial with Arsenal, he’s been training with the first team.

Sunderland’s youth academy has been producing some real gems recently with the likes of Chris Rigg and Tommy Watson currently coming through while Dan Neil is a recent graduate in his own right.

However, a lot of young players are enticed by elite Premier League teams to leave, as was the case with Mason Cotcher, a former Sunderland player who left the team in the summer.

Following his departure from the Academy of Light, Cotcher was connected to several clubs, including Rangers and Arsenal.

After leaving Sunderland, he is currently on trial at Premier League powerhouse Arsenal, who seem certain to offer him a proper deal because Mikel Arteta seems to think highly of him.

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Mikel Arteta clearly likes Mason Cotcher

Arteta is clearly a fan of the 17-year-old as he has already given him a huge honour, not many players that age, let alone a trialist get. Cotcher has been introduced into first-team training for The Gunners which makes losing the forward during the summer even more of a blow.

The Englishman joined Arsenal initially in October on the trial and now he seems to be a player Arsenal won’t be keen on letting go. The Telegraph reported that he had been included in Arteta’s first-team training plans which could indicate how highly thought of he is.

It could also represent that Arsenal were keen to push the youngster in order to see what he is capable with before making an ultimate final decision on whether to sign him.

Cotcher has now been at Arsenal for over a month which should suggest he will be signed, along with the fact he’s made multiple appearances for the U18s already.

Obviously to lose a player who is now about to sign with one of the country’s biggest teams is a sore loss, and it’s possible more could’ve been done to convince the youngster to remain at the club. With so many struggles currently up front for Sunderland, he probably would have been much closer to a first-team appearance here.

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