Samson Akinyoola is a pure poaching striker who operates on the back shoulder of the defensive line and thrives in the opposition penalty area. At 22-years-old the Benin-born forward embarked on an early European adventure in Slovakian football before trying his luck in the top division of Venezuela where he has transformed into a match changing goal scorer who is now showing his skill in South America’s Copa Libertadores. Akinyoola excels at getting the ball off his feet quickly to unleash powerful shots with either foot and is only improving his finishing ability in South American football.
While Akinyoola is excellent in the opposition penalty area he offers little outside of his ability to score. He needs to improve his skill at contributing to his team’s buildups and will need to be better with his crossing and final balls in order to operate as a wide forward in a 4-3-3. Akinyoola also has little presence on aerial duels due to his lack of size and has room to grow as an outlet who can hold the ball up. However, his specialty as a poacher will always be valuable to a coach and he can still thrive as the focal point in a 4-3-3 or with a striking partner in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.