Nigerian born striker, Tolu Arokodare has joined German Bundesliga side 1.FC Köln on a season-long loan from Valmieras FK in the Latvian Higher League following an impressive performance on the Baltic Sea.

The 19-year-old had requested a transfer from the club after finding the back of the net 15 times from 16 games.

According to reports, Arokodare was gunning for a move to RSC Anderlecht in Belgium, coached by recently retired Manchester City legend, Vincent Kompany.

Arokodare, who stands at 6ft.’4, adds attacking options to Die Geißböcke who finished in 14th place with 36 points from 34 matches in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season.

“Tolu is a young developing striker who brings with him many positive attributes,” said Köln Sporting Director, Horst Heldt at Arokodare’s announcement.

Tolu Arokodare in 1. FC Köln colours
©1. FC Köln

“He’s athletic, fast, and strong on headers. An added advantage is that he’s in form and enthusiastic about joining us.”

Arokodare joins Kingsley Ehizibue in North Rhine-Westphalia, who plays as a right-back and was recently named in the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers.

For Tolu Arokodare, “it is a dream come true. I have always wanted to play in the Bundesliga.”

He adds, “For FC[Köln], I want to score many goals and develop myself further. I’m really looking forward to it.”


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