Former Turkish champions Trabzonspor are in talks to sign Nigerian striker Joel Ideho, who was recently released by Arsenal. The 19-year-old caught the attention of former Guinean forward Ibrahima Yattara, who has given his endorsement for Trabzonspor to secure the young player’s services.
Ideho began his football journey at the Ajax academy in October 2020 before moving to Arsenal’s youth team. Despite spending three years with the Gunners, the club decided not to offer him a professional contract, leaving him without a team for the upcoming season.
However, Ideho’s skills did not go unnoticed. Flying Eagles chief coach Ladan Bosso invited him earlier this year to join the Nigerian U20 squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup. Unfortunately, complications in obtaining a Nigerian passport hindered his inclusion in the final squad.
Yattara, who was once likened to legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho by esteemed Spanish coach Luis Aragones, believes that Trabzonspor would be wise to secure Ideho’s signature before he joins another club. Expressing his confidence in the young Nigerian attacker, Yattara stated, “I know Joel. He came to Ajax infrastructure after Willem. From there he moved to Arsenal. Very smart player. Significant potential. Don’t miss it, you won’t regret it.”
During his time at Arsenal, Ideho showcased his prowess by netting eight goals and providing seven assists across 54 appearances for the club’s U18 and U21 teams. With his impressive skills and potential, Ideho could be a valuable addition to Trabzonspor’s team.
The club has yet to confirm the signing, but it’s clear that Ideho has garnered attention from several scouts and coaches. As a free agent, he has the opportunity to join a team that values his abilities and potential. It remains to be seen where Ideho will end up, but his talent and determination are sure to take him far in his football career.