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Timothy Eyoma

Born: 29 January 2000 (London, England)

Timothy Eyoma

Known as ‘TJ’, defender Timothy Eyoma can play at either centre-half or right-back.

He enjoyed plenty of experience at different levels in 2018/19. He made his senior debut on our 2018 pre-season tour of the United States and after appearing as an unused substitute at West Ham in the Carabao Cup in October, 2018, and at home to Burnley in the Premier League two months later, he made his competitive first team debut off the bench in our 7-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup in January, 2019.

In addition, he made 14 Premier League 2 starts for our Under-23s, plus another four in the Premier League International Cup, and was ever-present in our run to the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.

TJ was born and raised in Hackney and attended Highbury Grove School. He played for his school and district sides and, in 2015/16, played twice for our Under-18s where, in his second appearance, against Arsenal, he came up against sibling AJ for the first time.

Having operated mainly as a right-sided centre-half during his early days, TJ was converted into a right full-back for the 2016/17 campaign - his first at Under-18 level. He was ever-present in our run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals that season, scoring in the third round win over Stevenage, and featured 11 times in the Under-18 Premier League, memorably captaining the side and scoring in a 2-1 win at Arsenal in March, 2017. He also got a taste of European action, starting five of our six matches in the UEFA Youth League, the fixtures for which mirrored those of the first team in the Champions League.

An IMG Cup winner in Florida with our Under-18s in December, 2016, he also stepped up to make one start and two substitute appearances for our Under-23s in the Premier League 2.

Although technically still an Under-18s player, TJ shone at Under-23 level during 2017/18 while also putting in some mature performances in the Under-18 set-up as our young side competed in numerous competitions. Making eight starts at the lower level, generally at centre-back, and scoring in a 4-4 home draw with Chelsea in December, 2017, he appeared in seven of our eight UEFA Youth League games as we saw off the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco to reach the quarter-finals of the Under-19 competition. He was also captain for the Monaco tie, which we won on penalties.

Calm on the ball and intelligent at playing out from the back, TJ was used more as a right-back at Under-23 level during that season, making 17 appearances in all competitions. He scored in a 3-1 Premier League 2 victory away to Arsenal in March, 2018, in a game which saw him line up against his older brother AJ in a north London derby for the second time in his young career. In a further quirk, the pair faced off again in our very next Premier League 2 fixture, with AJ having joined Derby County in time to feature in our 4-2 home win - a result that went a long way to ensuring our survival in the division.

Additionally, he has featured for England Under-15s, Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-18s and Under-19s, including playing every game apart from the final at the European Under-17 Championship in May, 2017, where the Young Lions ultimately lost out on penalties to Spain. However, he made up for the disappointment of that tournament by winning the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with England in India in October, 2017.