Arsenal’s history of signing promising young stars from around the world up to the famous Gunners Academy from an early age has been confirmed again with the news that we have beaten both Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of an extremely talented teenager.
His name is Lateef Omidiji Jr, and he is currently with Sparta Rotterdam’s academy over in Holland, where he will stay until he has matured enough to come over to London Colney. Leteef is from Nigerian parentage and it has just been reported in AllNigeriaSoccer.com that the deal has already been confirmed. Their source said: “Chelsea came as well, so did Liverpool, to try and build a relationship early but Arsenal came with an offer that could not be turned down,”
“Arsenal saw his potential and said they will invest in his growth. He is focused on his craft.
“Lateef will train in London a couple of times a year, and their coaches will come from there to the Netherlands to monitor him frequently and give him tips.”
We know that more than 90% of our Academy stars fail to make it in the first team, but it has been proven that investment in young talent early can provide dividends in the future, even if they are just sold cheaply to other clubs.
Arsenal scouts must have great belief in this lad’s potential to give him a deal at such a young age. Could he turn out to be a future Arsenal star?