Arsenal have announced the signing of Tim Akinola, a 19-year-old who was recently released by Huddersfield Town.

Tim Akinola with Huddersfield Town (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)
Tim Akinola with Huddersfield Town (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)

It has been asked by a few people why we would pick up a player that has been deemed ‘not good enough’ for Huddersfield, however you could ask that of Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea.

They thought he was too small.

What one eye can see, others can often miss.

As Dan detailed when he first covered this transfer, The Athletic stated ‘intense competition’ was the reason Akinola was released, while “FC Naija wrote in May that Huddersfield had a one-year extension clause in Akinola’s contract, but they were struggling for money following the pandemic and he was pushing for a wage increase.

“As a result, they decided they couldn’t afford to extend his deal.”

Whatever the reason Huddersfield let him go, he’s officially an Arsenal player now and will go into the u23 squad ahead of the new season along with George Lewis whom the club announced the day before.

If you follow this link, Dan helpfully explains the benefits of signing players like Akinola and Lewis.