Arsenal have signed former Huddersfield Town youngster Tim Akinola after reportedly only seeing him play on video.
The 19-year-old was released by the Championship outfit last month but, 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.
Arsenal have signed Tim Akinola based off video footage, opting not to bring him in on trial first
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.
George Lewis has also joined Arsenal
“So it has come as a surprise, but hopefully he can do well over there if it happens.”
Meanwhile, Akinola has been praised for his work ethic and attitude, with Huddersfield’s Head of Football Operations saying when the club signed him: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Tim to Huddersfield Town today.
“During his trial period he showed some real talent and we are excited to work with him.
“Tim has a lot of the abilities that fit the Club’s style of play, in particular his work ethic and attitude to win the ball back in the middle of midfield.
“During his trial period with us, his attitude to learn has been excellent and he knows that has to continue now.”
It comes as Arsenal’s move for Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes…