Akande is said to be the subject of interest from a string of British clubs, including West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Rangers.
The Chelsea winger Adrian Akande is said to be the subject of interest from a string of British clubs, including West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Rangers.
The teenage talent is far from a household name – so what should those of a West Ham, Tottenham, Celtic or Rangers persuasion know about their potential future recruit?
HITC Sport has the lowdown…
Who is he?
A not-yet-16-year-old winger currently on the books of Chelsea, where he has been since he arrived from Crystal Palace aged 12. He scored 30 goals and assisted 22 in 42 games for the Blues’ youth teams last season (AllNigeriaSoccer).
Who does he play like?
According to his agent, the former Millwall player, Tobi Alabi, Akande is comparable with a pair of La Liga stars who cost more than £200 million combined.
”He plays like (Real Madrid’s Eden) Hazard and Barcelona’s (Ousmane) Dembele,” said Alabi (AllNigeriaSoccer). “He is two-footed, very quick and strong on the ball. He can score the same, with both right foot and left foot and he is a hard worker.
”He has no weaknesses. I saw a mention that defensively he isn’t strong but he’s not a defender, he’s an attacker so his defensive capabilities aren’t important. Of course, he will work hard for his team but he’s not a defender.”
Is he a future England international?
Akande was courted by the English Football Association, but has instead committed his international allegiance to the country of his parentage, Nigeria (AllNigeriaSoccer).
Has Akande already had contact from other clubs?
West Ham took Akande on trial last month, with the youngster going on to appear for both the Hammers’ Under-18 and U23 sides despite his tender years.
So are West Ham in the driving seat?
It is claimed that West Ham have submitted an offer to sign Akande on a permanent basis – although the Hammers perhaps shouldn’t count their chickens just yet, as he is also said to have an invitation from Hoffenheim and has interest too from Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Rangers (All Nigeria Soccer).
How big a coup would Akande be for West Ham, given the alleged interest from Tottenham, Celtic and Rangers et al?