Rwandan-born teenager George Lewis completed a move from the third tier of Norwegian football to Arsenal’s U23 side.
After being invited to a two-week trial, the 19-year-old winger impressed reserve-team head coach Steve Bould and signed for the English Premier League giants after being released on a free by Fram Larvik.
His former Tromsdalen UIL manager Johnathan Hill said he was surprised by the Gunner’s approach, but he hopes the youngster makes an impact and develops at his new employers.
“I’m delighted for George, but I’m also a little surprised. He’s nearly 20 and never been near the national teams and it’s not like he’s gone off the radar here during his development,” he told the Evening Standard.
“Why I’m surprised is that you have to look at why he’s not made it in Norway, which is the 26th ranked country in Europe and no-one else has taken him apart from me – who saw something in him,” he added.
According to reports, his electric pace was the main reason he was snapped up after his trial, and his ability to work both flanks was also a positive.
Hill said that raw talent and technical ability will serve his new employers well and believes the Premier League will suit him to a tee.
“He’s got some really outstanding qualities, but he’s also raw. If this happens, it’s brilliant because he does have some talent.
“He’s very quick and direct. He likes a stepover and has a range of tricks. He can beat a player – whether he can beat a Premier League full-back though is a different thing.”
According to transfermarkt, the youngster hasn’t scored a goal since breaking into the Tromsdalen UIL first team in 2018 and has only managed five appearances since then in all competitions.