13/04/2024 5comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Academy have signed up talented young midfielder Ademide "Demi" Akarakiri, who has left Arsenal. 

The U16 player has previously trained with Arsenal's U18 squad but did not get to play for them before he decided to make the switch and join the Everton Academy.


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 13/04/2024 at 13:52:19
Welcome, Demi. I expect you will be followed by a large number of teenagers recruited into the academy.

We have already acquired Kingsford Boakye and (for next season) Braidan Graham. We had Omari Benjamin on trial too from Arsenal's academy but nothing has come of it by the looks of things – and have been linked to various teenagers playing in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

It's not a bad strategy, picking up kids who are not going to make it at places like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City. Man City and Arsenal have a good handful of highly-rated youth internationals all out of contract in summer – some of whom would already be pushing hard for first team appearances with us (eg, Hamilton, Wright, Walters and Cozier-Duberry).

Hopefully this is an interim measure while we improve the standard of our homegrown players – but it is certainly a low-cost way of improving the depth in our first-team squad in the next few years.

Mike Hayes
2 Posted 13/04/2024 at 14:44:00
Welcome! Let's hope you have a great career with us.
Pete Clarke
3 Posted 13/04/2024 at 15:34:59
Let's hope he turns into Messi or Ronaldo and we get £300 million for him to save us.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 14/04/2024 at 08:21:36
Our academy has struggled somewhat recently with providing many players who look ready for the Premier League with Anthony Gordon the notable exception.

Other academies (like Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea) are far better resourced so taking the best of their cast-offs for little or no cost is a sensible policy.

The chances to break through at Everton are far higher and one thing I like about the 777 Partners approach is the easy opportunity to send good young talents to affiliated clubs where our interests are deemed important.

Si Cooper
5 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:22:46
Not yet noticed Kingsford Boakye on a team sheet.

Can anyone confirm he got his work permit / is training and playing for Everton?

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