Chuba Akpom scored on his debut for Middlesbrough over the weekend, after netting Arsenal just over £1m through a sell-on clause.
Former Arsenal academy striker Chuba Akpom left Arsenal for Greek side PAOK in 2018, winning the league unbeaten and the Greek cup before returning to England with Middlesbrough this summer. With a goal on his debut, Akpom is impressing in the early stages of his comeback.
Arsenal fans already had reason to enjoy Akpom’s return to the country. The Gunners had a 40% sell-on clause in his contract, netting them £1.1m following PAOK’s sale.
But it’s always nice to see an academy player doing well, so it was even better to see Akpom starting on the right foot against QPR. Midway through the first half, the centre-forward found space on a corner before glancing a lovely header past the goalkeeper.
The 24-year-old couldn’t have placed it better, with the ball glancing the post on the way in. You can watch the goal here.
Unfortunately, QPR came back into the game to earn a point, but there wasn’t too much Akpom could do about that.
Middlesbrough were a little lucky to get the draw, with one shot rebounding off the back of Boro goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli’s head before rolling agonisingly across the line. Hopefully, Akpom’s next goal will bring more than a point for his new side.