Olatunji Akinola
Olatunji Akinola
Defender
Born
21 Nov 1998
Appearances
5
Goals
1
Assists
0
Yellow Cards
2
Red Cards
0

Defender Tunji Akinola joined West Ham United when he was just eight-years-old and has long been considered one of the Academy of Football's brightest prospects.

Tall and composed, Akinola is a ball-playing centre-back who was promoted to the U18 squad at the age of 15 and has already passed 50 appearances at U23 level.

The hip-hop, athletics and tennis fan names Winston Reid, Paolo Maldini, Pablo Cannavaro and Sergio Ramos as the defenders he models his own game on.

 

2018/19

Featured at left-back and centre-back in Premier League 2 Division 1 before Christmas 2018, helping the Hammers to impressive wins at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool...Sent-off for two bookable offences in both the 6-4 home defeat by Manchester City on 19 August 2018 and 2-1 home loss to Chelsea on 22 September 2018...Started all three Checkatrade Trophy group-stage defeats at Bristol Rovers, Exeter City and Yeovil Town in autumn 2018...Featured in the 5-1 Premier League 2 Division 1 win at Manchester City on 5 January 2019.

2017/18

Scored in the U23s' second Premier League 2 Division 1 fixture of the season, a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur on 21 August 2017...Captained the U23s for the first time at the age of 18 in the 2-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 defeat at home to Liverpool on 18 September 2017...Started the Hammers' Checkatrade Trophy Group B fixtures at Swindon Town and Wycombe Wanderers, as well as the 4-0 second round defeat at Luton Town on 5 December 2017...Started 17 times and made 18 appearances in Premier League 2 Division 1, helping the Hammers to impressive away wins at Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton in spring 2018...Totaled 21 appearances in all competitions for the U23s and U21s.

2016/17

Named captain of West Ham United U18s and scored in the first U18 Premier League game of the season in the 2-0 victory at Reading...Added another goal in the 5-2 win over Norwich City in October...Started two of the U23s' three Checkatrade Trophy fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town in the late autumn...Featured eleven times in the Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign, starting six times...Crowned another promising season by starting the Premier League 2 Play-Off victories at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United to secure promotion.

2015/16

Scored his first goal of the season for the U18s on 7 November in a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur...A week later, was on the scoresheet again in the 2-0 win over Leicester City...Appeared five times in Premier League 2, starting the 3-1 victory at Newcastle United on 11 March 2016 and the 1-0 home win over Stoke City on 4 April 2017...Ended the 2015/16 season by signing a new long-term contract.

2014/15

Was a regular member of West Ham United's U18 side, making 18 appearances...Made his debut for the Development Squad at the age of 16 on 6 February 2015, when he appeared in a 2-1 home win over Fulham.

2013/14

Made his debut for West Ham United's U18 side while still an U15 schoolboy when he appeared at Everton on 29 March 2014.