Arsenal loanee Tim Akinola was widely praised by Chesterfield FC fans after his substitute appearance in a comeback win on Tuesday night.

Tim Akinola playing for Chesterfield FC (Photo via Chesterfield FC on Twitter)
Tim Akinola playing for Chesterfield FC (Photo via Chesterfield FC on Twitter)

Tim Akinola was one of a few Arsenal youngsters to go on loan to the National League for this season, joining Chesterfield FC for the campaign.

The 21-year-old midfielder made his debut as a substitute against Oldham Athletic on September 3rd, helping them to see out a 2-0 win. He then made another substitute appearance on Tuesday in more difficult circumstances.

When Akinola came on, Chesterfield were 2-1 down to Southend United and down to 10 men, but they quickly turned things around.

Within 10 minutes of Akinola’s arrival, the hosts were 3-2 up, and they saw out the victory to earn another three points and stay top of the table.

Many Chesterfield fans were impressed with what they saw from the Arsenal man:

Akinola was even listed as a Man of the Match nominee by a number of supporters, despite only playing 31 minutes:

Tim Akinola playing for Chesterfield FC (Photo via Chesterfield FC on Twitter)
Tim Akinola playing for Chesterfield FC (Photo via Chesterfield FC on Twitter)

It’s never easy to break into a team at the top of their league, but Chesterfield’s red card and 2-1 deficit may have given Akinola the perfect platform to win the fans over.

It will be interesting to see whether he now makes the starting lineup against Yeovil on Saturday.

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