I have to be honest when I heard that Arsenal were signing a player from non-league I thought it was a joke. Every transfer window the Gunners are linked with one man and his dog, but signing a player from Hednesford Town sounds like something somebody would write in a work of fiction.
However, the Gunners have taken the chance on 20-year-old full-back Cohen Bramall and good luck to the lad. I cannot say I have seen much of the left-back, but his highlights reel is pretty impressive, which does not tell us that much about a player these days.
Seems to have a good attitude
From the interview he did with Sky Sports Bramall seems like a very genuine young guy. He did not try and hide the fact that he was in awe of the Arsenal players while training with them. After all, he is a guy that was reportedly working in the Bentley factory in Crewe not so long ago.
He got made redundant and soon afterwards was offered the Arsenal trial having impressed Arsenal scout Brian McDermott in a trial for Sheffield Wednesday. His attitude towards the game and playing for Arsenal seemed very good.
Compared to Ashley Cole
Bramall’s attitude and trial drew praise from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. By all accounts, he is a pacey full-back with great athleticism. Wenger even compared the youngster to Ashley Cole when he first started out at Arsenal, which is praise indeed, as long as he talking about as a player.
Arsenal already have a pacey young full-back on the right in Hector Bellerin. Within a few years, Bramall may well be occupying the other full-back berth. The youngster has already stated that he does not expect to be playing first team football this season.
However, he hopes to go on the pre-season tour ahead of next season and impress enough to play first team football next season.
Incredible rise to professional ranks
Jamie Vardy’s success at Leicester seems to have opened the floodgates to players from the non-league being given a chance in the top-flight. It used to be the norm 20 years ago the likes of Stuart Pearce and Arsenal favourite Ian Wright both making it to the top-flight from non-league football.
The story is a nice one and it will be even better if Cohen Bramall develops his game and one day becomes Arsenal first choice left-back.
Could Cohen Bramall be the next big player to make it from the non-leagues?