Arsenal sign Leyton Orient striker Jay Beckford

Arsenal have completed the signing of Under-15 striker Jay Beckford from Leyton Orient.

The League One club said that Arsenal have met a valuation for the player which was within the guidelines of EPPP (the Elite Player Performance Programme).

Leyton Orient academy director Andy Edwards said: “He has been a credit to the club all the time he has been here. We are disappointed to lose him. We wish him all the best at Arsenal.

“We have got some exceptional players in our academy of which Jay is one. Arsenal have met the valuation which is linked to the EPPP guidelines and unfortunately we lose him.

“The club have received a sum of money which is quite substantial should he go on and become successful there. We are doing a good job, and as part of that sometimes you are going to lose your better players, but we still think we have a lot of good players in our system who have got the potential to come through and play in the first-team.”

Beckford was called up to the England U16 squad for the fixture against Northern Ireland in November but didn’t feature.



  1. What kind of striker is he ? A good all-round striker like Lewandowski/Benzema or a limited player with goalpoaching instincts like Mario Gomez/Falcao ?

    1. Well if he is like any of those 4 at just 14 years old then who cares!!! Do u really think it matters what type of player a 14 year old boy is at this stage of his career? first and foremost The aim is to coach and develop the lad into a footballer, what type and what position is irrelevant until he matures. If this photo is anything to go by, he is at least 2 years off that requirement.

  2. any news Jeorge on Arsenal signing Kwame Ampadu’s son Ethan, who is said to have had a short trial at Arsenal last month. Many of the top clubs are said to want to sign him from Exeter, the lad played for Wales in the U16 victory shield, and has trained with England U15’s and Ireland are now trying to get him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play for them. Kwame Ampadu played 2 games for Arsenal’s first team and is now one of our youth coaches.

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