Arsenal complete another under-the-radar signing

Arsenal has just completed the signing of 19-year-old Tim Akinola after his release from Huddersfield Town.

The young Englishman, who is eligible to play for Nigeria and England, was signed after the Gunners analysed videos of him.

The Athletic claims that they were so impressed by the video analysis that they didn’t even offer him a trial before handing him a deal.

Because he was released by Huddersfield before he signed for the Gunners, they will also not need to pay any compensation.

Arsenal will ordinarily offer every teenager a trial before signing him on to a new deal, but the report claims that they broke that procedure to hand him a deal.

The teenager has had a short time in the game, but he was on the books of Lincoln City in the 2018/2019 season.

He only joined Huddersfield Town last summer after a successful trial with them and he was released at the end of this season.

He is described as a raw winger with the talents to develop into one of the best in the Premier League.

The report claims that increasing interest in his signature is another reason why the Gunners moved fast to get the deal over the line.
 

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19 Comments

  1. Rory johnson says:

    From chelsea reject to huddersfield rejects 🤣😏

  2. Edwin Lescovic says:

    that’s great men 4 arsenal

  3. ozziegunner says:

    Rory, Dennis Bergkamp was an Inter Milan reject, De Bruyn, Mahrez, Lukaku were Chelsea rejects, so your point is?
    Akinola is only 17, young with time to develop, low cost, so a low risk investment. If he doesn’t progress, then he becomes an Arsenal reject; if he does then Arsenal have a good player to keep or sell on.

    1. Siamois says:

      👍 so was Salah,Matic whom Chelsea bought back for at least 3times the fee they sold him for,or Declan Rice was a youth Chelsea “reject” at 14 years old now they want him back but he is valued at around 80M!you would think that Rory would know that sometimes transfers don’t always work for different reasons,pretty basic stuff if you ask me!

    2. Big T says:

      He’s 19, not 17.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 My mistake!

    3. Loose Cannon says:

      Exactly our Sergie Gnarby was a West Brom and Tony Pullis reject!!! Tony Pullis, hello Sir, Gnarby was on the score sheet as BM hammered Barca.

      1. Dan kit says:

        Rory was being sarcastic

        1. Rory johnson says:

          Haha dan get me! Preemptive strike lol

  4. Sean M says:

    He’s a combative box to box CM, not a winger, I believe.

  5. The Deluded One says:

    Saw a video of him playing. He was a beast at winning balls and was no stranger to some Nice dribbling and ball carrying skills. A video does not say all there is to say. But for the cost of 0 I can certainly see why we give him a chance.

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      Yes, like we gave that guy on 18 million a year wages 5 seasons to replicate his “19 assists and 8 goals” and maybe one final season to do so. Back to the topic, I want to see this lad in action maybe get to see him for some cup games, will eagerly wait to see him develop. Cannot be more worse than Lucas Torrera or Granit Xhaka or Elneny. By the way, winning back the ball and tackling or ball carrying was never Ozil’s job, so pardon me for not comparing this young maestro with Ozil.

  6. Sue says:

    We’ve snapped up another, this time from down the road – Jonathan Dinzeyi, 20 yr old CB…

    1. Admin Pat says:

      And I have just posted an article about that Sue!

      1. Sue says:

        Just saw it, Pat 😀👍

  7. Tojo says:

    Tim’s actually pretty solid and quite technical, as a young player if he doesn’t develop into a future first team starter we we can atleast develop a hefty profit. Good work tbh

  8. S says:

    The way covid is going, Step 3 and lower of the English football pyramid will cease to exist, PL clubs will end up paying League one wages and league one clubs will end up being part-time with 3G pitches.
    Good for football

  9. Grandad says:

    Just read this article and the first thing that occurs to me is has this signing been influenced by a recommendation from ESR?

  10. The Deluded One says:

    @Grandad You could very well be onto something there. Would not surprise me at all. And the more I look at this lad, the more impressed I am. His style of football is something we lack and need. If he has the ability to deliver on a higher level or not is unclear. But we need his type of playing style.

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