Date of Birth: August 10th 1992
Place of Birth: London, England
Dealing with rejection at a young age is often the making of a young footballer. When Arsenal told a 12 year-old Keanu Marsh-Brown he was too small to ever make it in the game, he didn’t have to wait long to get his opportunity to prove them wrong. He joined Fulham a day later, and over the next four years grew physically and technically to earn a scholarship with the Cottagers, and leave the Gunners wondering about one that got away.
Marsh-Brown is a right-back with elite pace. He loves to get forward and has the ability to beat a man. Due to his ease with the ball at his feet Fulham have often used him in midfield, in both defensive and attacking capacities. A regular England youth international, he is one of the brightest prospects at Fulham’s Motspur Park Academy. He makes the game look effortless with fine positional sense, athletic elegance and composure of a player much older than he is.
Adrian McElligott, Fulham’s Chief Youth Scout, appears to have gotten a gem here. Arsenal will do well not to dwell on a decision they made on a player when he was far too young, because Keanu has the ability to get to the top, and realise his ambition of representing England on the top level.
Marsh-Brown has been a regular performer for Fulham’s Under-18 team in 08/09, featuring across a number of positions, quite often in midfield due to the rise of Karim Laribi. He has added to an extensive cap collection for England’s youth teams by representing at Under-17 level.