‘At Atletico Madrid he was fantastic!’ – Paul Ince admits he ‘wants to see more’ from Arsenal’s £45m signing Thomas Partey


Partey provided the assist for Lacazette’s second goal (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Ince says he ‘wants to see more’ from Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and hasn’t witnessed enough of the ‘fantastic’ talent he displayed at Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners activated the Ghana international’s £45million release clause on deadline day in what proved to be their biggest deal of the summer transfer window.

But Partey’s start to life at the Emirates has been interrupted by multiple niggling injuries which have resulted in him missing a total of 17 games across competitions.

The Gunners brought Partey in for £45m last summer (Picture: Getty Images)

The 27-year-old is now beginning to get a consistent run of starts in the team and displayed his quality with a fine assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s second goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory away at Sheffield United on Sunday.

But former Manchester United and England midfielder Ince feels Partey has plenty more to offer Mikel Arteta’s side based on his performances at previous club Atletico.

‘I want to see more from Thomas Partey, I want to see more,’ Ince told Premier League Productions.

‘At Atletico Madrid he was fantastic, getting it, breaking play up, putting balls in like he did today for Lacazette.

‘I haven’t seen enough of it, if he gets some more of it then they’ve got a top, top player.’

When discussing Partey last week, Arteta admitted he is still getting used to the team’s style of play and believes he has been held back by his injuries.

‘It’s very difficult to make a proper assessment of Thomas’ performances so far because he has missed six months and that is a long time,’ the Spaniard said ahead of the Sheffield United clash.

‘He is still adapting to our way of playing, which is different to what he did at Atletico, but we can all see what he brings to the team.

‘It’s about him finding the level of consistency that we need from him because he has the capacity that we can build a team that can play around him.

‘The biggest difficulty he has had so far is that he has not been fit. Then every time he recovered, he missed the next game.

‘He has not had time to prepare himself physically to play at the highest level and that has obviously had an impact because the Premier League demands real fitness.’


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