Middlesbrough have taken Tooting and Mitcham United winger Samuel Folarin on a two-week trial. The Isthmian League South Central Division side confirmed the news via Twitter.
Middlesbrough certainly have an eye for hidden gems in the lower divisions. Midfielder Lewis Wing has been one of the success stories of the season, having signed from ninth tier side Shildon, he has gone on to make a name for himself in the first team.
Now Boro have turned their attention to a starlet playing in the eight division of English football, with 17-year old Samuel Folarin joining the club on trial over a two week period.
Folarin is a left-winger and will link up with Middlesbrough’s under 23 side. He has previously spent time at League One side Charlton Athletic, where he was similarly put through his paces on a fortnight trial.
He started the season with Tooting and Mitcham’s under 18’s side, before rapidly moving through the age groups. He made his debut for the senior team in February and has became a regular in recent months.
With his impressive season earning him a shot at playing for Middlesbrough, they could offer him a professional contract if he impresses.
Folarin is eligible to represent both England and Nigeria at international level, and he may have an added insentive to impress at Middlesbrough. Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel currently plays for the Teessiders at present, and the teenager could join up with the former-Chelsea midfielder in the future if all goes well.