Anglo Nigerian midfielder Ryan Alebiosu has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.
Alebiosu joined the Hale End Academy as a kid at age seven years thus teaming up with the pre academy and then signed as an Under-9.
The Islington of London born right wing back is a versatile and energetic midfielder who can also play on the right wing and the midfield position.
Alebiosu appeared in 21 league appearances for the Arsenal under-18s last season and made his debut for the under-23s against Liverpool in January 2020.
Although he is fast and skilful, Alebiosu certainly needs to improve his end product – he failed to score in 24 appearances for the U18s and made just one assist.
Over time, Alebiosu has become a better player, improving in his physicality and he has also made immense improvement on his defensive duties.
Having got his first deal as a pro, he will be looking to further his development as a player next term and also show the world why Arsenal decided to keep him instead of releasing him.
Alebiosu is a little similar to Alex Iwobi whenever he plays on the wings. His looks similar to the Everton winger as he likes to dribble past defenders and get crosses and passes into the box or come inside.
Ryan is eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria due to his parents being Nigerians and the Three Lions of England by birth. He also has confessed that he’s aware of his roots.
“I have admired and watched Alex Iwobi play for years and also when he plays for Nigeria, which is where my parents are from.
“The highlight of my career so far is being awarded a scholarship but another high point is when I played for Islington Schools and we won the PlayStation Schools Cup Final. It was a national event so we were quite proud, and Arthur Okonkwo was our goalkeeper. Alex Iwobi came along to present prizes and took photos with the team and that was a thrill for us all. He’s doing so well and is an inspiration to younger players like us“, he told Arsenal’s Website