The 21-year-old ball playing centre-back has made over 50 appearances for West ham U23’s and played 90 minutes against Orient in pre-season.
Head Coach Ross Embleton is delighted to have Akinola for the season, having spent a long time monitoring the player:
“He’s a player that we have been following and talking to West Ham about for a long time now. There were plenty of things we had to make sure were right for Tunji and right for us. We’re delighted to have him, and we look forward to working with him.”
The highly rated defender, who has been with the Hammers since the age of 9, is eager to get started for Orient.
“I’m a defender first and foremost, I like to make tackles and blocks, and get clean sheets – it’s what I pride myself on.”
“I feel like this is the perfect opportunity for me to kick on to the next level.”
“We’ve played about 4 or 5 games in our league and in the EFL Trophy, so I’m fit and raring to go.”
“I’ve played under 23 football for a while, but this is the challenge I need, challenging every Tuesday and Saturday for three points.”
‘Akinola is the third new recruit of the summer, following the permanent signing of Ouss Cissè and the temporary capture of Jordan Thomas from Norwich.
Olatunji will take the number 18 jersey and will train with his new team for the first-time tomorrow morning, ahead of the weekend’s clash with Barrow.
“He will train with the group tomorrow,” said Ross Embleton. “As far as I’m concerned, he is a big part of the squad but like any player he will have to play his way into the team, so we will see how the week pans out in regard to the weekend.”
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