10 reasons Arsenal want RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko to lead them to Premier League glory

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10 reasons Arsenal want RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko to lead them to Premier League glory

Mark Kinyanjui 14:57 - 06.06.2024

10 reasons Arsenal are prioritising signing Benjamin Sesko over other strikers like Victor Osimhen and Co in an effort to get one over Man City next season.

Benjamin Sesko, the Slovenian prodigy, has become one of Europe's most coveted young talents. 

From humble beginnings in the small town of Radece to leading the line for RB Leipzig, Sesko's journey has been nothing short of remarkable. 

The Athletic reported that Arsenal have made the striker as their main centre forward target for the summer, while other clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are also keen admirers. Here are 10 reasons why clubs of such repute are seeking his signature.

1. Natural Goal scorer with Versatility

Sesko's goal-scoring prowess was evident early on when he netted over 50 goals in a single season for his local club as a boy.

His ability to score with both feet and his head makes him a versatile threat in the attacking third. In his first season with RB Leipzig, he demonstrated his scoring versatility by netting goals from various positions and distances, including an impressive 14 in the Bundesliga.

2. Physical Attributes

Standing at 6ft 5in (195cm), Sesko’s towering presence makes him a formidable aerial threat. His heading ability is exceptional, combining power and finesse to outmaneuver defenders and beat goalkeepers. 

This attribute was showcased in a headed goal from a Dani Olmo cross against Augsburg, highlighting his aerial prowess.

3. Adaptability and Growth

Sesko’s journey from NK Domzale to Red Bull Salzburg, and eventually to RB Leipzig, illustrates his adaptability and continuous growth.

Despite initial struggles in the Bundesliga, Sesko’s improvement was marked by a strong finish to the season, scoring 11 goals in his last 15 league games. His ability to adapt and overcome challenges speaks volumes about his potential to thrive in more competitive leagues.

4. Defensive contributions

In modern football, strikers are expected to contribute defensively, and Sesko excels in this area. 

According to the smarterscout pizza chart, he ranks highly in ball recoveries and interceptions among European strikers. His defensive work rate and timing make him an asset not only in attack but also in regaining possession and pressing high up the pitch.

5. Above-average link up play

Sesko’s link-up play is another standout attribute. His ability to combine effectively with teammates, such as Lois Openda and Xavi Simons at Leipzig, enhances his team’s attacking cohesion.

 His above-average performance in link-up play volume indicates his capability to retain possession and create opportunities in the final third.

6. Proven Track Record & Potential

Sesko’s consistent goal-scoring record across different leagues and competitions has put him on the radar of top clubs.

His stellar performances, particularly in the latter half of the Bundesliga season, have proven his potential to perform at the highest level. Clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Newcastle United are reportedly interested, recognising his ability to elevate their attacking options.

7. Affordable release clause

Sesko's contract includes a release clause of around €65 million (£55.3m, $70.8m), making him a relatively affordable target compared to other elite strikers. 

This clarity in his contract terms provides an attractive opportunity for clubs seeking a young, high-potential forward without the uncertainties of protracted transfer negotiations.

8. Potential

At just 21, Sesko has significant room for development. His physical attributes, combined with his technical skills and goal-scoring instinct, suggest that he has several levels left to reach. 

His willingness to improve and adapt makes him a tantalising prospect for clubs looking to invest in a forward who can grow into a world-class player.

9. International & Continental Exposure

Sesko’s performances for the Slovenian national team and in European competitions have further solidified his reputation. His ability to score in high-stakes matches, such as his goal against Finland in the Champions League, demonstrates his readiness for the pressures of elite football.

10. Potential to Make an Immediate Impact

While there is a recognition that Sesko is still new to elite football, his recent form suggests he can make an immediate impact. His physical and technical attributes, coupled with his proven goal-scoring ability, make him a candidate to hit the ground running, much like Erling Haaland did after moving from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.

As Sesko continues to attract interest from top clubs across Europe, his blend of talent, physicality, and potential for further growth make him one of the most exciting young forwards in world football.

 With a crucial match against England at the Euros on the horizon, his stock could rise even higher, intensifying the battle for his signature among Europe’s elite.

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