Late last month, Arsenal signed 9-year-old Jayden Adetiba to their youth team. In addition to bringing back memories of when Alex Iwobi first signed for the club at the age of seven, the move got people asking who this promising young footballer was.
Born in Nigeria, Adetiba lived in the UK before moving to South Africa, where he has spent most of his life. He played for the SuperSport United Soccer School in South Africa, and has always been a massive fan of Arsenal.
So, it was only natural for him to give his best during a five-week trial set up by the club in South Africa. Adetiba blew away the Arsenal officials and they had no choice but to offer him a contract. With Alex Iwobi and Cristiano Ronaldo as his idols, Adetiba is ready to kick ass in football.
Speaking about the kid, Brent Sanders, who once coached him, said:
“His mentality is different, the way he goes about his training. His work ethic is a lot better than other kids his age.”
However, this isn’t the first time Adetiba has been scouted. Last year, officials of Blackburn Rovers spotted him at the Futebol de Salao World Cup in Johannesburg. After a trial, he was offered a place in their academy.
With the kind of waves he’s making now, there’s no doubt Adetiba will totally own the game in the future.