Chuba Akpom’s transformation from a struggling player to one of the top performers in the Championship last season was nothing short of phenomenal. The Nigerian forward had a difficult start to his career at Middlesbrough, registering just five goals in 39 appearances in his first season with the club. This led to the fans and the club’s hierarchy questioning his abilities and his future at the club.
Akpom’s struggles continued even during his loan spell at his former club PAOK, where he failed to regain his form. However, Middlesbrough’s inability to offload him turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he came back to the club and hit his stride in the 2020-21 season. Akpom scored an impressive 28 goals and two assists to win the Golden Boot and establish himself as one of the top players in the Championship.
Sam Morsy, Akpom’s former teammate at Middlesbrough, attributes his success to his resilience and hard work. He recalls how Akpom always showed promise in training, but it was his determination and professionalism that helped him turn his fortunes around. Despite facing criticism and being treated unfavorably by the club, Akpom kept his head down and worked hard to improve his game.
Morsy’s observations are a testament to the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving success. Akpom’s journey is a reminder that success is not always immediate, and sometimes it takes time and effort to reach one’s goals. His story should inspire others to never give up and keep pushing forward, even in the face of adversity.
As for Akpom’s future, there have been talks of him leaving Middlesbrough, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Regardless of where he ends up, his performance last season has cemented his place as one of the top players in the Championship, and he will undoubtedly continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the pitch.