Arsenal have announced that youngster, Kido Taylor-Hart has signed a new three-year contract with the club. The renewal was proposed by Head of Youth Development, Per Mertesacker and was carried out by Technical Director, Edu.
Taylor-Hart is another Hale End graduate tipped for a big future in the game, along with Arthur Okonkwo (who recently signed a new contract of his own), Joel López, Charlie Patino and Miguel Azeez.
Taylor-Hart is, by trade, a left-winger, a position that Arsenal are already well stacked in for the senior team, however, with Reiss Nelson’s future still in the air, Willian set to leave and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract running out in two years time, Taylor-Hart could be an internal solution.
Last season, Taylor-Hart became something of a youthful polymath, as he played across two separate age groups. Initially, Taylor-Hart started off in the U18’s Premier Leagye, where he registered 6 goals and 4 assists in 11 games, a run of form so impressive that he was promoted to Steve Bould’s U23 side, contributing 4 goals in 13 Premier League 2 games.
Taylor-Hart has been with Arsenal since the age of 7 and though his contract was due to expire this summer, along with Okonkwo, he was happy to extend his stay with the team he has been a lifelong fan of even amid interest from England, France and Belgium, keen on prising the Gunners’ youngster away from North London.
This is yet another exciting move from the Arsenal executive team to tie down their talented youngsters to new long-term deals. In recent seasons, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Folarian Balogun, Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe have all signed new long-term deals with the club.
It seems fairly unlikely that Taylor-Hart will play an extended role in the team to begin with, as he will likely be phased in slowly, but with no European football, Arsenal will be able to focus on the league and also on the earlier stages of the League Cup, a competition known for big teams to utilise their younger players.