Arsenal Sign Nigerian-Born Youngster Akionla

August 18, 2020
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Arsenal have signed former Huddersfield Town youngster Tim Akinola after reportedly only seeing him play on video.

Akionola, 19, was released by Huddersfield last monthbut, according to The Athletic, he has put pen to paper and will join the Gunners’ under-23s despite not having a trial.

Arsenal are looking to sign more ‘development players’ aged between 18 and 21 who will be able to strengthen their academy before going on to break into the first team.

Akinola becomes the club’s latest addition, following 20-year-old winger George Lewis who the Gunners signed from third tier Norwegian side Fram Larvik.

Speaking to Goal, Jonothan Hill, who gave Lewis his first team debut, said: “It’s been in the news over here about Arsenal but no-one really gave it much attention at first.

“I’m delighted for George, but I’m also a little surprised. He’s nearly 20 and never been near the national teams and it’s not like he’s gone off the radar here during his development.

“So it has come as a surprise, but hopefully he can do well over there if it happens.”

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