Rio Ferdinand has dismissed comparisons to Arsenal’s young center-back William Saliba.
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The France international joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne three years ago but is only now making an impact after a string of loan spells in Ligue 1.
Following a composed performance on his competitive debut last week against Crystal Palace, Saliba won the man of the match award, prompting William Gallas and Gary Neville to claim his game bore the hallmarks of Ferdinand in his prime.
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It’s easy to see why Saliba has been compared to Ferdinand, but the Manchester United legend insists any comparisons are premature, even if he has been impressed with the 21-year-start old’s to the new season.
On his FIVE Youtube show, he stated:
How many Premier League games has he played? How many Premier League games had I played at that point? I broke the British transfer record at that time and people are drawing comparisons? It’s a madness!
Give the boy some time! He’s doing well. But you don’t judge players when it’s all going well you say brilliant I like to see the next phase.
When it all goes against you and it’s a little bit of distress I still want to see the chest popping out, I still want to see shoulders back and I still want to see you wanting the ball and see you on the front foot with that determination and desire… a lot of what we’re not getting at Man Utd.
But Saliba he is showing great potential. Young player of the year in France last year but he’s got a lot to do to make sure he stay in the team but he started off very, very well.