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Know about the 19-year-old footballer signed by Arsenal sans trial

Aug 19 2020 By Asbin Ghimire

Arsenal football club has confirmed the signing of a 19-years-old footballer, Tim Akinola.
The club, impressed with his skills, waived the need to go through a trial for the young footballer.

Akinola, released by the club- Huddersfield, failed to break into the Terriers’ senior team last season. Additionally, he spent time as a loanee at the Brighouse Town F.C., a non-league club. Nevertheless, a video review of Akinola’s performances was enough to convince Arsenal academy Chiefs to sign the player immediately.

Arsenal to sign more players aged between 18 and 21

Arsenal is looking to recruit more young players between the ages of 18 and 21 who will be able to improve their academy. Before Akinola, to begin the process, the football club signed George Lewis, the player form third-tier Norwegian side Fram Larvik.

The club’s aim is not only to strengthen the club’s academy but to potentially one day blossom as a first-team player at the Emirates Stadium. On the other hand, the manager of the club, Mikel Arteta, is looking for a complete overhaul of the squad.

Having confirmed the signings of the Willian Borges da Silva from Chelsea, Arsenal is hopeful of confirming their second signing Gabriel Magalhaes from Lillie. In addition to that, the club has also linked with Thomas Partey, the defensive midfielder from Athletico Madrid.

Who is Tim Akinola?

As per the reports, Akinola is eligible to play for England and Nigeria as he holds dual citizenship. Moving ahead, after signing up for the Arsenal Youth Team, he has a good chance of making the grade at the International level.

Moreover, he possesses a good physique. As of August 2020, his age is 19 and has a height of 5 feet 9 inches. Considering his physical attributes, he might play as a defensive midfielder for the senior team soon.

Tim Akinola’s journey to Arsenal Academy

Unlike other football players, Akinola has been a bit unlucky when talking about starting a career. His football career kicked off only when he was 16 years old, joining League Two side Mansfield Town.

After investing some time at Mansfield Town, Tim got the opportunity to join Lincoln City for the 2018/2019 season. In the meantime, the club Lincoln was on an upward trajectory who managed to win League Two title that season.

His impression playing for the Lincoln city allowed him to join Lincoln United on loan. With the team, he played in the F.A. Youth Cup against West Bromwich Albion.

Tim Akinola
The 19 years old football star, Tim Akinola, signed by the Arsenal without offering a trial, Source: Football.London

Soon after his stint in Lincoln United in June 2019, Akinola was offered a trial to play for Huddersfield. After passing the trail successfully, Akinola was offered a one-year deal with the option to extend it.

Despite the hard work, Akinola was not able to impress Huddersfield academy chiefs. Eventually, he left the club at the end of the 2019/2020 season. On the other hand, English football giants, Arsenal was alert about his situation. Capitalizing on the case, the club took no time to sign him on by analyzing his playing videos.

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