Bassala Sambou appears to be loving life in his new surroundings at Everton where he is quickly bedding into the Under-21s setup under David Unsworth.
The 18-year-old was snapped up from Coventry City this summer after he turned down a new contract with the Sky Blues in a bid to take his career to the next level with a bigger club. Identified by ex-Chief Scout, Kevin Reeves, the striker impressed with his 25 goals in all competitions at youth level last season and the club beat off competition for his services by signing him last month.
Speaking with evertontv from the U21s training camp in Spain this week, Sambou expressed how pleased he is to have joined the Blues and how he jumped at the chance after he heard they were interested.
“I just thought Everton was a really good place where I would get loads of opportunity.” he explained. There were loads of other teams interested in me but as soon as I heard ‘Everton', I just felt like this is the right place for me, to come here and give everything I've got and prove to people that I can be a great asset.”
Asked how things have been going since he completed his move, Sambou beamed: “It's been a great week so far; I'm just happy to be here. Pre-season's been great as well. The boys have been absolutely fantastic.
“I was blown away by Finch Farm. I'm not really used to facilities like that coming from Coventry. Coventry is a nice place with good facilities but when I came to Finch Farm, it blew me away. I was really happy and really surprised. It was brilliant. I was just happy to be there, really!
“From day one, my teammates have been fantastic, they've been really helpful filling me in on everything. Out here [in Spain] it's just been great, we've all been bonding and spending time together.
Unsworth and Academy head Joe Royle were also closely involved in the scouting of Sambou and the teenager described how his new boss made him feel at home straight away.
“David's been really great towards me. As soon as I walked in the doors, he opened his arms to me. I remember he gave me a big hug and made me feel really welcome. He's a really good coach and I'm really happy to be working under him.”
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1 Posted 13/07/2016 at 19:40:20
Bassala I hope you a very happy future at our beloved club.
Keep up the good work lad and hope you get a run out soon. :)
2 Posted 13/07/2016 at 20:10:01
5 Posted 13/07/2016 at 20:52:41
12 Posted 13/07/2016 at 22:37:03
14 Posted 13/07/2016 at 23:17:14
Good luck to this young man, the talent is out there and we have some of it.
16 Posted 13/07/2016 at 23:34:39
Also, comes across as a nice and confident lad, not the average mumble princess you might forgive some players his age.
17 Posted 13/07/2016 at 00:01:33
Your mentor, Rhino, has truly earned his cult status amongst us. Ask him how to take a penalty. He knows.
Those who know...
18 Posted 14/07/2016 at 02:35:02
19 Posted 14/07/2016 at 03:34:38
These clubs can't take a chance and develop players in the first team, and the U21s doesn't do it. So they watch clubs like Everton pick up Stones, develop him in the Premier League, and then take an almost-finished product (for a premium). Tottenham did it with Bale, RS with Sterling etc. It's the way it is.
I generally agree with the premise though we demand loyalty but as soon as we're signing someone (or want someone out of the club) loyalty goes out the window. If you want loyalty, get a (rescue) dog.
20 Posted 14/07/2016 at 07:48:58
Neville Southall, Bury.
Pat van den Hauwe, Birmingham City.
Gary Stevens, Apprentice.
Derek Mountfield, Tranmere Rovers.
Kevin Ratcliffe, Apprentice.
Peter Reid, Bolton Wanderers.
Paul Bracewell, Sunderland.
Trevor Steven, Burnley.
Kevin Sheedy, Liverpool.
Graeme Sharp, Dumbarton.
Andy Gray, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Adrian Heath, Stoke City.
Kevin Richardson, Apprentice.
Alan Harper, Liverpool.
Howard Kendall, Preston North End.
You had a problem with these lads did you?
21 Posted 14/07/2016 at 11:49:35
When Lukaku or someone says 'I want to play Champions League' we say 'you greedy twat, mercenary bastard' 'Where is the loyalty'???????
Hypocrisy, common as it is, is a football fan's worst trait.
22 Posted 14/07/2016 at 12:34:33
Most fans have no issue with a player leaving Everton to go to a Champions League club. However, in Lukaku's case, he and his agent have repeatedly mentioned this in the press which is what pisses a lot of people off.
23 Posted 14/07/2016 at 12:47:44
24 Posted 14/07/2016 at 14:20:30
25 Posted 14/07/2016 at 15:18:39
Wasn't the lad out of contract this summer and free to sign for whoever he liked?
I'm sure the comments condemning Sambou for rejecting professional terms with the club would have been doing the rounds on the Coventry City equivalent of ToffeeWeb (think Rocky 'calling' Paulie by shouting out of a wide open window, but with a couple more participants and the words 'caggy handed whojamacallit' bandied about) but why would you expect to hear them on here?
26 Posted 14/07/2016 at 15:46:42
27 Posted 14/07/2016 at 15:58:59
28 Posted 14/07/2016 at 16:49:34
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