Who is Tim Akinola? The 19-year-old starlet who has become Arsenal’s latest summer signing

The youngster has become the latest arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have completed their fifth permanent signing of the summer in the shape of former Huddersfield Town youngster Tim Akinola, according to a report by The Athletic.

The 19-year-old has joined the Arsenal Under-23s side after being released by Championship club Huddersfield last month.

Arsenal have made the decision to sign the teenager because of the club’s desire to add “development players” to their ranks, to not only strengthen the club’s academy but to potentially one day blossom into a first-team player at the Emirates Stadium.

The addition of Akinola is similar to that of George Lewis, who joined the club earlier this summer from Norwegian club Fram Larvik.

But why would Arsenal, who agreed to sign Akinola without even taking him on trial, be so keen to sign a player that has just been released by a club that was flirting with relegation in the Championship for the majority of the 2019/20 campaign?

Via video analysis, Arsenal have made the decision to lure him to the Emirates Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Who is Tim Akinola?
Akinola is a 19-year-old central-midfielder that has just joined Arsenal following an exit from Huddersfield.

The midfielder is eligible to represent both England and Nigeria at international level, meaning he will have the desire to impress in an Arsenal shirt with two separate chances of making the grade at international level.

What has he done so far?
Unlike most footballers these day, Akinola, with respect, was a late starter. He didn’t manage to get his foot in the door at any club at academy level until the age of 16-years-old, joining League Two side Mansfield Town.

Ahead of the 2018/19 season, Akinola made the switch to Lincoln City, who were seen as a club on an upward trajectory at that point, as they scooped the League Two title that season.

His time with the Imps saw him join their local rivals Lincoln United on loan, testing himself in the eighth-tier of English football. He also featured for City in the FA Youth Cup, playing against West Bromwich Albion.

In June 2019, Akinola was offered a trial at Huddersfield following their relegation from the Premier League and he jumped at the chance to test himself in the Championship. He was offered a one-year deal with the option to extend it.

However, despite giving it everything he had got, he left the club at the end of the 2019/20 season because of the sheer level of competition within the Terriers’ academy.

His departure from the West Yorkshire club means that Akinola, who has operated as a winger in the past, has been signed on a free by Arsenal, with the club not having to shell out any compensation.

Why would Arsenal want him?
Nowadays in football, standing still means that you are going backwards.

Clubs are always on the hunt for the next rising talent that could be a future star for them or potentially a gateway to a huge transfer fee, as they sign them cheap, develop them and then sell them on for a tidy profit.

Though Akinola has not yet been able to make a name for himself at first-team level, getting the chance to do that at Arsenal, surrounded by a plethora of exciting young talents, could bring the very best out of him.