Arsenal have handed a deal to 16-year-old Miguel Azeez that will see scholarship terms activated on July 1 and a professional contract handed to him on 20 September when he turns 17.
According to Allnigeriasoccer, who describe the teenager as ‘the most talented player of Nigerian descent in the ranks of Arsenal u16s’, “The 16-year-old Azeez has penned a scholarship deal with the Gunners which will be activated on July 1, 2019.
“The agreement will see him put pen to paper on a professional contract as soon as he turns 17 on September 20, 2019.”
The news comes on the back of an outstanding season for the boy named Player of the Tournament at the recent Liam Brady Cup and who has two goals and two assists in seven u18 Premier League matches this season.
In total, the 16-year-old midfielder has 11 u18 appearances for Arsenal this season and took part in the Liam Brady Cup which ran between April 9 and 10.
Arsenal beat Celtic 3-0, Valencia 1-0 and Manchester United 2-0 on their way to the final where they once again beat Valencia, running out 2-1 winners.
Back in March, Azeez scored the goal of the game in the u16 Premier League Cup final, even though his side went on to lose to Chelsea.
Arsenal u16s successfully progressed to the cup final beating Everton, West Brom, Liverpool and Brighton on the way. They faced their biggest test at the final stage though, with Chelsea’s u16 side between them and the trophy.
The game started poorly, with the Blues taking the lead, but Mazeed Ogungbo then headed home a Miguel Azeez corner to make it 1-1. Arsenal went behind again not long later, before having a penalty claim turned down despite a clear infringement against striker Billy Vigar.
Unfortunately, that was the turning point, with Chelsea then scoring twice before half-time, including through a penalty of their own.
With Arsenal 4-1 down at half-time, they needed a bit of inspiration, and their star man Azeez was on hand to provide it:
Arsenal then pushed hard to bring the game level, creating all the best opportunities and forcing a few good blocks and saves. As they threw players forward with not long to go, Chelsea ended up picking them off on the counter to kill the game at 5-2. The scoreline was harsh on the youngsters, but the Blues were deserved winners in the end.
Even if the team wasn’t quite up for it on the day, Azeez definitely was. His close control impressed supporters on a number of occasions, and he was one of few who looked comfortable throughout the match.