Arsenal will sign 20 year old defender Jonathan Dinzeyi who was released by Tottenham Hotspur last month, according to The Athletic.
The young Englishman made his senior debut for Arsenal’s arch rivals in a friendly in 2018 but did not make a competitive appearance for Tottenham prior to being released.
Dinzeyi is a tall, elegant defender who started off as a winger before finding his feet as a centre back. He has previously talked about adding things to his game from watching former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. He said he admired how good the Belgian was on the ball and the way he would step out from defence on occasion. Dinzeyi has tried to add that to his game.
The 20 year old made six appearances for Tottenham’s Under 23 team this season. He went for a trial with Queens Park Rangers in February and even played and scored in one of their Under 23 games against Coventry City. He returned to Tottenham after his trial at QPR ended and stayed at the club until his contract expired.
His signing is part of an aggressive shift in recruitment policy whereby the Gunners are aiming to add developing players to their academy. They have signed Tim Akinola, a central midfielder who was released by Huddersfield Town last month, and Geroge Lewis, a Norwegian free agent who has played in Norway’s third division.
Arsenal chose to sign Akinola without even offering him a trial at the club because of how impressed the academy coaches were with his performances in the past based on a video analysis that they did of the player.
Arsenal are aware of the quality of their academy graduates and that has resulted in a number of them graduating to the first team. The Gunners know that they need to strengthen the club’s Under 23 side, having loaned out crucial players like Zech Medley and Matt Smith.
The club plan on continuing to add promising, developing talent to their academy in the coming months. They see this strategy as representing minimal risk and potentially offering massive rewards. Their plan is to improve these ‘developing talents’ and give them the right platform to challenge for a spot in Arsenal’s first team. If they fail to do so, the Gunners plan on selling them for a tidy profit.
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