According to Goal, Arsenal’s young striker Chuba Akpom is set to make a £2million move to Greek club PAOK. According to the report, a number of clubs were chasing the striker’s signature. However, it seems the Greek club are not set to nab the 22-year-old in the next few days.
Never really fulfilled his promise at Arsenal
Akpom came through the Arsenal youth system and has spent ten years with the Gunners. In his late teens, it seemed that the young striker had the potential to become a first-team player for the north London side.
However, Akpom has spent four years out on loan at clubs such as Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest and most recently Sint-Truiden of Belgium last season, where he scored six times in 16 appearances.
The youngsters scoring exploits in youth football and in pre-season has never been matched in the senior game. Last season was the strikers most prolific of any senior campaign so far in his senior career, as he has found the net just nine times in league competition.
The right time to move on
While Arsenal will have been hoping that the youngster developed enough to play first-team football, his loan spells elsewhere have illustrated that he is unlikely to ever be good enough to play for the Gunners on a regular basis.
He tried hard to convince, but at 22-years-old, he is not yet ready for the English top-flight. It seems like the right time to move on for the young striker. His chances of featuring in the first-team this season were next to zero.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are the undisputed first-choice forward options, with the likes of Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck also still at the club, although the pair could well before the window shuts.
Young Eddie Nketiah is now also ahead of him in the pecking order. Another loan move would have been a waste of everybody’s time, so the permanent move is best for everybody involved.
Arsenal fans will wish him good luck
I am sure the majority fans will wish him good luck in his move and hopefully, he can curve a successful football career elsewhere. Who knows, he still has plenty of time to make it back to the English top-flight in the future. Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward, and I hope that is a case for the young forward.
Is it the right time for Chuba Akpom to leave Arsenal?