The 18-year-old striker joined the Toffees on a 3-year deal
from Coventry City and arrived on Merseyside with an already
impressive reputation after some scintillating performances for the Sky
Blues youth sides.
Sambou scored 21 goals for Coventry's Under-18s side and another
4 for the Under-21s, and chose to make the step up
the divisions with his contract at the Ricoh Arena due to expire at the
end of the June 2016.
David Unsworth told the club's website: "I tracked his progress over
the whole of last season and he'll be a quality player to take into the
Under-21s group and he's a really exciting prospect for the future.
We're pleased to be able to take him here as I believe he'll be a
Premier League player in the future."
The 18-year old joined the Sky Blues as an Under-15 and spent two
years in the City Academy before signing his Scholarship deal in June
2014. Sambou also made his senior debut under Tony Mowbray in the FA Cup first round against Northampton.
The striker impressed with 25 goals at youth level in his final season
whilst representing the club's Under-18s and Under-21s sides and was
particularly prolific during City's memorable FA Youth Cup run. Sambou
scored eight times during the 2015-16 FA Youth Cup competition, including a
crucial 90th minute equaliser against Arsenal.
Coventry City FC
Technical Director Mark Venus admits the club were reluctant for Sambou
“We will be sad to see Bassala leave the club after his time with
the City Academy, but want to wish him success for the future.
“It was with great reluctance that we accepted terms for Bassala
to leave and the greatest efforts were made to keep him as a Coventry
“The club understands that the opportunity presented to Bassala
would have been hard to turn down and respect his decision to move on.
We have worked hard alongside Everton FC to agree terms that give
Sambou's footballing career the best chance of developing successfully.
“Coventry City FC would like to thank Everton FC for their
professional conduct during negotiations and we wish Bassala all the
best in Merseyside.”
Everton were able to poach Sambou on a free transfer due to the
expiration of his deal, and Coventry were seemingly long braced for his
departure, the player having been offered a new contract in the February
before he left.
Earlier in 2016, manager Tony Mowbray expressed his frustration that
Sambou had decided to leave the club so early in his development rather
than stay and mature at the League One club. It remains to be seen how
Sambou will fare at Everton, but given the club's recent record of
placing faith in young talent, he may well be optimistic of getting an
opportunity in the coming seasons.
In his fist season with Everton, he would play a part in David
Unsworth's Under-23s campaign, scoring 5 goals as they went on to win
the Premier League 2 trophy. And he became Unsworth's most valuable
player in his second season, leading the Under-23s stats in terms of
both appearances and goals, although a return of only 5 goals in all
competitions was somewhat less than expected as Everton failed to repeat
the triumph of the previous season.
But Sambou got more into the swing of things in his 3rd season under
David Unsworth, coming in as leading scorer for the Under-23s across all competitions as they swept to an impressive double, winning the
Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup trophies in the same successful
Despite his goalscoring prowess at U23 level, the path for Sambou to
make his step up to the first team never came and, with his contract set
to expire at the end of June 2019, he rejected the offer of a contract
extension with the Blues, seemingly convinced that a move to Germany or
Holland would better suit his career objectives.
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