Sam Tinubu took a big leap up from youth team to first team in September 2020; the striker a mere 15-years-old at the time. But it doesn’t matter how old you are. It only matters how good you are. And the young forward earned his spot on the bench for our Football League Trophy match against Southampton on merit. Boro’ boss Alex Revell clearly saw something in the lad worth bringing to the fore. And you can say that it was the latest milestone a meteoric rise for the player. After all, it had only been in February that year in which Tinubu agreed his scholarship with us.
With a contract under his belt, Tinubu now has the chance to follow in some impressive footsteps. Not only were former graduates Jack Smith and Luis Fernandez making their impressions on the first team squad, Arthur Iontton and Liam Smyth were there already. And then there was Ben Wilmot, who earned a big move up to the Premier League just a few years before. But let’s not get ahead ourselves. And let’s give Tinubu the chance to make his own mark. Time is on his side and the management have faith in him. It’s not the worst starting place for any young prospect. Good luck to him.