DATE OF BIRTH19 November 1999
Tariq Uwakwe is a north London boy who plays either as a central or wide midfielder and joined our Academy as an Under-9.
After joining our Academy at the age of eight, Uwakwe has developed into an attacking midfield player who can operate centrally or from wide areas. He featured 11 times for our development squad as they were crowned Premier League 2 champions in 2020.
A versatile player, Uwakwe made six appearances for the Under-18s in 2015/16, his season prior to becoming a scholar. The following campaign saw the teenager play a far more prominent role in the side as our youngsters tasted success in three different competitions. He missed just one game in the FA Youth Cup triumph and scored the only goal of the game as we beat Liverpool 1-0 away in the league merit round, a key result in our title-winning run.
In 2017/18, the midfielder featured predominantly for our Under-18s once more as he made 42 appearances in all competitions. He netted home and away in our 7-0 aggregate win over Birmingham City in the Youth Cup semi-finals and made his UEFA Youth League debut in October.
After turning 17, Uwakwe signed a first professional contract at the club until the end of 2018/19 before extending that deal upon expiration. He made his England Under-20 debut in a 1-0 victory over Angola in May 2017 starting in mdifield before going on to make a further two appearances for the young Lions.
After an injury four games into the 2019/20 season Uwakwe spent three months on the sidelines. He returned to action in December and got straight back to action with the development squad, he scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 home win over Manchester City in January 2020. In total he featured 11 times and scored one goal during the campaign.
In September 2020, it was announced that Uwakwe would embark on his maiden loan at League Two Accrington Stanley.