Partick Thistle defender Kevin Holt says Tunji Akinola has been ‘a good signing’ for the Scottish Championship club after his arrival from West Ham United.

The defender scored his first goal in senior football last week with a strike in the SPFL Trust Trophy against Stranraer. Akinola joined Thistle from West Ham United last month, Jags boss Ian McCall taking advice from Akinola’s former manager David Moyes before signing the versatile defensive option.

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Tunji Akinola has arrived at Partick Thistle from West Ham United. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Holt says the likes of the West Ham United academy graduate and Scotland U21s international Lewis Mayo are providing plenty of competition for places at Firhill (ET): “It was a great finish! I’ve never seen him hit one like that in training. He’s been good since he came in up at Arbroath. Ciaran [McKenna] is injured so Tunji’s slotted in.

“He’s a bit like me – he’s played at right-back and at centre-half, and he’s looked solid through the middle. He’s been a good signing. And we have Lewis [Mayo] coming back from international duty for next week so the competition for places is huge. You can see with the squad that we’ve got – it’s all over the park and boys need to play well.”

Thistle travel to the Highlands to play Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

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