Chuba Akpom has taken to social media to congratulate his Brighton team-mates and thank everyone after sealing consecutive promotions from the Championship.
The 21-year-old was part of Hull City’s side that clinched promotion into the Premier League last season and although he featured much more regularly with the Tigers in comparison to this year, it has been a frustrating campaign for Akpom on a personal level.
Having shown promising signs during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia and the Americas, he sustained a serious back injury which essentially wiped out the first half of this term.
He only recovered in early January and after featuring for the u23s on a few occasions, earned a loan move just before deadline day. Issues with his attitude have been regularly given as a reason why his development has stagnated in recent years, coupled with troublesome injury setbacks.
Many Brighton supporters had voiced their discontent about his work ethic and attitude, suggesting he wasn’t happy to be playing there and as a result, usually only featured as a second-half substitute during league games despite his ability.
Questions have been asked about his long-term future at Arsenal and it very much feels like this was his last opportunity to justify remaining on the books in north London.
He’s got another two years left on his current deal and with the likes of Tammy Abraham (on-loan from Chelsea) taking the Championship by storm, it’s no wonder many have criticised Akpom – he should be doing the same.