In a move sure to excite Angers and Ligue 1 fans alike, Arsenal prospect Jeff Reine-Adélaïde has signed permanently with Angers SCO until 2022. The young winger joins Les Scoïstes for an undisclosed fee having previously spent the second half of last season on loan with the Ligue 1 outfit. While Reine-Adélaïde’s previous stint in western France was short, the budding Frenchman showed enough promise to convince Angers that a permanent move would be worthwhile for all involved.
Originally on the books of Racing Club de Lens, Reine-Adélaïde joined Arsenal’s academy in 2015. Just 17-years-old at the time, the tricky midfielder primarily turned out for Arsenal’s youth sides while making the occasional cameo appearance for the first team of the London giants. Pesky injuries and a crowded senior team limited Reine-Adélaïde’s opportunities in England, and the promising right-winger was sent out on loan as a result.
Hungry for more playing time and a chance to prove himself, “the Jeff” joined Angers on deadline day of the 2018 January transfer window. While Angers’ new signing did not slot immediately into their first eleven, Reine-Adélaïde played an important role off the bench. The skillful winger was often unleashed in the later stages of Angers’ Ligue 1 matches, with his dribbling ability used to target the opposition’s tired defenders. Over 10 matches and just 443 minutes played, Reine-Adélaïde averaged over 2 dribbles per game as a creative outlet for Les Scoïstes.
Having shown real glimpses of both his current and potential ability during his short loan spell in western France, Reine-Adélaïde will likely excel in Angers. The young winger has finally found a home that will offer him ample opportunity, and he’ll undoubtedly become a regular feature on Ligue 1’s highlight reels next season.