There are plenty of Nigerians who have impressed the masses when coming over abroad and Samson Akinyoola could be the next one to make his mark. He won’t be known by many yet, but he is somebody that football fans should be looking out for.
He was recently plying his trade with Slovakian club FK Senica with 4 goals in 15 Fortuna Lig games. Despite being just 20, the skillful forward has experience in Europe.
His ambitions to make his name known has taken another step, as he has just made the move to Caracas FC. His new club are looking to gain their status as a power in both the Primera División and Copa Libertadores de América and Akinyoola will be aiming to do the same.
Who is Samson Akinyoola?
Samson Akinyoola is a 20 year old striker, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He started his off his career in Nigeria with 36 Lion as an exciting teenager.
Raised by 36 Lion at grassroot, the young lad defended the colours of the club in the Nigeria Nationwide League and National League in 2018.
The Nigerian-Beninese footballer had a brief stint at Dunajská Streda U19, on loan in 2019.
What is his Style of Play?
Akinyoola is a very direct player who uses pace, power and strength in an almost brutish way to force his way through opposing defenders. When he receives the ball from his deeper lying team mates he is not afraid to turn and run on his own, using his physical capabilities to try to force a chance, rather than waiting for his team mates to catch up, which would potentially slow down a counter attack. He is always looking to get on the score sheet and can often be found just outside the six yard box ready to pounce on balls in from team mates.
Off the ball Akinyoola is very hard working and is the sort of striker that will defend from the front and try to win the ball back for his side. Like many strikers, the aggression that he shows definitely enhances his game.
What are his Strengths?
His physicality is a large reason why he is so hard to deal with. His pace, power and strength are the framework from which he plays the game. This physical attributes allow him to hold the ball up before bringing a team mate into the game, to run past opposition defenders and to make sure that he is able to do those things all game. He isn’t the tallest, standing at 5 foot 7 inches, but he has a good leap and is certainly no pushover in the air.
What are his Weaknesses?
Akinyoola’s overall game could potentially benefit from a little bit of refinement. Due to the speed with which he often plays the game, he can sometimes mess up his shot and scuff attempts when in front of goal. This is something he will have to cut out of his game and develop as he continues to move into bigger leagues where he will get fewer chances.
His decision making can also be off at times, which can result in him losing the ball when there would have been an option which could have led to a clear goal scoring chance. His running will often have an end product once he gets to the by line, but there are times when he and his team mates could potentially benefit from him picking his head up and looking to bring someone into the game rather than attempting to go it alone.
12-time Venezuelan Primera División Champions, Caracas Football Club have made a great decision in adding Samson Akinyoola to their ranks and he will score goals for the club because of his all action style like Obafemi Martins.