The 19-year-old striker has already scored five goals off the bench in all competitions for Owen Coyle's men and Akinbiyi believes the youngster will soon break into the starting line-up.
Akinbiyi, who is expected to complete a move to MLS side Houston Dynamo this week, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I'm hearing whispers that a lot of people have started coming to watch him but I think he's going to be here for a long time.
"Obviously the gaffer knows how to knuckle him down and all the other boys do as well. I think he's looking to get his career started here and he's doing that now.
"He's unbelievable on the training ground. The manager's still protecting him by not starting him yet because obviously he's a young lad. But I think you're going to see a lot from him next season.
"I've seen the talent in him and obviously all the other lads have seen the same and I just try to help him in his game."