A skilled athlete since his early days, Akpom joined Arsenal F.C. at the age of six and made his debut for the Arsenal U-18 squad at the age of 15, while he signed his first professional contract with Arsenal on October of 2012, a day after turning 17 years old. In December of the same year, Akpom received his first call into the Arsenal senior squad, while he made twenty U-21 Premier League appearances and scored 13 goals, including 10 goals in 10 games in the Elite Group stage.
In the lead-up to the 2013–14 season, Akpom was selected for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia and scored once in a 7–0 win against an Indonesia Dream Team, two more in a 7–1 win against Vietnam and another in Arsenal’s final game of the tour against Urawa Red Diamonds. Akpom made his competitive debut in a 3–1 Premier League win over Sunderland on 14 September 2013 and scored three goals in four UEFA Youth League appearances towards the end of year, and a hattrick in a 6–1 FA Youth Cup fourth round demolition of Peterborough United on 6 January 2014.
He returned to Arsenal in the 2014–15 season after joining League One side Coventry City on loan during the 2013–14 season, followed by stints with Brighton & Hove Albion and Belgian First Division A side Sint-Truiden before moving on to Greek Super League club PAOK Salonika on a three-year deal. Akpom was instrumental in helping PAOK secure their first Super League title in 34 years, while also scoring the only goal in PAOK’s 2019 Greek Cup Final win against AEK Athens.
On September 2020, Akpom signed for English club Middlesbrough after making a huge impression in the Greek Super League, scoring on his Middlesbrough debut.
This past summer, PAOK announced the return of Akpom on loan from Middlesbrough and he has been once again exceptional, having already scored 6 goals in 22 games.
Akpom has been a regular with England’s youth teams from 2011 until 2016. He played in all six games and scored two goals during England’s unsuccessful 2012 European U17 Championship qualifying campaign, while he played in five of England’s six 2013 European U19 Championship qualifying and elite stage games and scored three goals, as England failed to qualify for the finals.
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