Arsenal midfielder Tim Akinola is set to go on loan in January, with a Championship club the most likely destination.
In December Arsenal are set to trigger a one-year extension to Akinola’s contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Akinola was previously at Mansfield, Lincoln and Huddersfield Town before making a surprise switch to Arsenal in August 2020.
The 20-year-old has already amassed over 30 appearances across Arsenal’s U23 and U21 sides and was a mainstay for the club at youth level last season.
It had been anticipated that Akinola would be sent on loan in the summer transfer window but he ended up staying at Arsenal and has trained with the first-team squad recently.
Mikel Arteta has been impressed with Akinola’s progress, with the youngster having featured in a behind closed doors friendly against Brentford at the training ground last month.
After enduring some difficult moments in his first season at the club, Akinola has shown some signs of improvement of late and was particularly impressive for the U23s against Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium recently.
A player who relishes making crunching challenges, Akinola also enjoys the creative side of the game and will push forward when the opportunity arises.
Akinola, who is eligible to represent England or Nigeria, will hope to continue making an impact for the U23s until January and will then be looking to test himself on the senior stage.