Everton snap up Sambou from Coventry

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Everton have completed the acquisition from Coventry City of Bassala Sambou that was mooted in April.

The 18-year-old was offered a new deal with the Sky Blues but has elected instead to start a "new chapter and new beginnings", as he posted to Instagram earlier, with Everton.

Sambou scored 25 goals this past season for Coventry's U18s in the league and FA Youth Cup and also for their Under-21s.

Everton apparently beat off competition from Newcastle United for him and he has been training with the reserves at Finch Farm for a few weeks now getting used to his new surroundings.

He has signed a three-year contract that ties him to the Blues until 2019 and David Unsworth is excited to have him in the Under-21s set-up.

"I tracked his progress over the whole of last season and he'll be a quality player to take into the Under-21 group and he's a really exciting prospect for the future," Unsworth told evertonfc.com.

"We're pleased to be able to take him here as I believe he'll be a Premier League player in the future."


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Raymond Fox
1 Posted 02/06/2016 at 22:40:40
The very best of luck to the kid, he certainly sounds promising.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 02/06/2016 at 22:50:16
Good luck lar
Geoff Risebrow
3 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:02:37
Good luck Bassala.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:08:13
What nationality is Bassala and how good is he rated regarding the componsation I presume we will have to pay?
Anthony Dwyer
5 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:08:41
He is a centre half no !?! 😜
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:10:44
Yes Anthony, a goal scoring one.
Gerry Quinn
7 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:24:47
Bassala Sambou (born 15 October 1997) is a German born English football player. He is a striker who currently plays for Football League One team Coventry City.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:27:51
Thanks Gerry, I hope he turns out to be a good 'un.
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:52:10
Coventry manager Tony Mowbray's comments about Sambou from an April article in the Coventry Telegraph:

“I like Bassala – he’s actually quite a humble young guy and yet we find ourselves in a situation where it has been indicated to us by his advisors that he’s probably not going to sign a new contract.

“Bass had a pretty good youth cup this year, scored some goals and caught some interest. Bigger clubs than Coventry City look for young English players with potential and the way the game is at the moment there’s an opportunity between scholarship and first year professionals to go and jump ship.

“It’s frustrating because I think the career path would have been good for him here. Can he see a way into the first team here at Coventry? He should be able to.

“I know he was a bit concerned, or his advisors were using it really, saying why isn’t he in the first team now. And as the manager I am telling him he’s not ready. He’s a boy who has lots to learn about where to run, when to run and how to get physically strong enough. It’s OK scoring goals for the 18s in the youth cup but it’s a big jump from the 18s to the Under-21s and it’s not as if he’s scored bags of goals in the 21s, let alone the jump to the first team. So it’s a bit of impatience, I think, but it’s out of our hands. They have intimated that they are not going to look to re-engage. We have made them a more than fair offer, I would have to say, because we recognise his talent."

“It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating but it’s part and parcel of life and we’ll end up doing the best deal we can wherever he ends up going, or the tribunal people will and we move on.”

Minik Hansen
10 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:53:28
Sambou, here we go. COYB.
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 02/06/2016 at 00:02:07
Also, in an article in the Echo six weeks ago, Mowbray described the kid as having "huge potential"... but it's easy to see from the photos why he considered him not ready. Sambou looks to be very slender -- definitely hasn't filled out like other teenagers like Rashford (to whom he's been compared) or our youngsters Davies and Dowell.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 03/06/2016 at 00:11:37
Will join the u18s or possibly u21s. If he does well we will see him in or around the first team in 2/3 years time. Good luck.
Anthony Dwyer
13 Posted 03/06/2016 at 01:32:45
Who needs Rom hey !!!
Liam Reilly
14 Posted 03/06/2016 at 07:07:34
No lose situation for Everton but if wealthier clubs were to cherry pick our youth team: Lesson, Walsh, Kenny et al, the lynch mob would be out in force for Kenwright and co.

Coventry and other alike clubs need to be protected from this poaching; else how are they ever going to nurture talent and get back to the top flight?

Robert Stuthridge
15 Posted 03/06/2016 at 07:55:21
Liam (#14), surely it's no different from wealthier clubs (who have bought success) coming in for our first team talent? Big fish eat little fish. But the little fish find ways not just to survive but also to grow – maybe feeding off even smaller clubs?

I think it's just the nature of competition and I see no reason for us to protect any club's interests other than our own. So long as clubs play by the rules, which I think we have done here, nobody can have any complaint.

I just hope the lad works hard and breaks through to the first team over the next couple of seasons. Mainly I just hope he helps Everton become more successful!

Erik Dols
16 Posted 03/06/2016 at 08:11:35
Liam (14) very fair point. The way the game is going, young talent is being picked up by big clubs in the youth ranks already. As far as I know, Everton do not feel the pain from this - yet. It's one thing were I think we need to make sure that we remain a big enough club in the eyes of the outside world. It was frustrating enough to lose Rooney at a very young age. Imagine how it would have felt if he, Barkley and so on all left us for nominal fees before even playing a single match for us.

I don't like the way the game is these days but as it is, better make sure that we are one of the winners...

Mike Moore
17 Posted 03/06/2016 at 08:26:07
18 & you've got advisors, wtf!
Eric Myles
18 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:13:52
Sounds very sensible to me Mike, there's not many 18 year olds around that know enough about contract law and employment law or can decypher the legalese in a contract to know what they are committing themselves to.
Peter McCann
19 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:16:17
I think Mowbray's comments sum the situation up well. A young lad with loads of potential but has a massive amount of development work needed on him. He may make it which I hope he does or we may never see him anywhere near the first team.

I would suggest he listens to football coaches at 18 and not advisors if he is to make that enormous step.

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:24:09
Another 18 year old striker. Where are they all supposed to play to learn the game? I've given up but can anyone say how many we have of this age group?
Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:33:51
Liam 14, I think it's scandalous, the way the bigger clubs, can just come in and do that. The players have too much power now, thanks to Bosman.

Talking to a fella yesterday from Charlton and he was going on about a kid that Chelsea took off them called Casey Palmer, I think. He said Chelsea, basically offered him a contract which would make the kid, a millionaire at 19 years of age. His dad said I appreciate everything that Charlton, have done for him, but what happens if he gets an injury that stops him playing football? At least he will have money in the bank for his future.

Shane Corcoran
22 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:44:21
I had a few advisors when I was 18. "We'll have one more before we go" was the general consensus.
Liam Reilly
23 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:46:11
You have it right there in one sentence Tony: "money in the bank". But his old man isn't at fault either for looking out for his son.

Unfortunately the TV money has changed the game irreparably to a point were young players would rather play in the youth and reserve teams of big clubs as opposed to learning their trade in the first team in the lower leagues; which is very sad for any young supporters of these teams who will never get to see an idol progress through their side.

Erik Dols
24 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:48:35
Alan (20), it’s the law of big numbers, or the percentage game, or whatever you want to call it. For every talent that turns out to be Premier League material, there are ten talents that at an age of 16 were just as good, but never make it for whatever reasons (warning: random statistics). So big clubs, and apparently at least in this battle for young talent we are still a big club, just pick up numerous young talents from what are perceived smaller clubs. Say you pick up 10 players every year this way, and one of them is at least Premier League mid-table material, then even if you think he’s not good enough in the long run you can sell them in today’s market, as home-grown talents, for silly money. Say £30 million. All costs for those 9 others that don’t make it are more than covered this way. For the players it makes sense in the way Tony (21) describes. They get a contract basically setting them up for the rest of their lives, even if they get injured or for some other reason do not make it as a professional player. Can hardly blame an 17 year old lad (or his parents) thinking this way.

I think it’s a terrible thing and destroying the game.

Alan J Thompson
25 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:58:56
Erik(#24); Couldn't agree more but I wonder how you learn if the coaching that is put into these youngsters is working if you have more of them than positions in teams to test them against their peers. Heavens knows how many times we've heard " loan him out to lower division clubs to learn". Vested interests I suppose.
Erik Dols
26 Posted 03/06/2016 at 10:25:10
Good question Alan. You would suspect that we have more than one academy seeing the numbers of talent we bring in...
Paul Thompson
27 Posted 03/06/2016 at 10:47:42
Classic case of the game/rules are stupid and self-destructive, but to an extent we have to play by them. Football has become more like the music industry where 90%+ of acts fail to mae record labels any money, but the small percent that do more than compensate. The 90%+ then get their record deals terminated/lapse and that's pretty much what happens in football too. It could be objected that it's long been the case that only a few make it, but as post above show, the difference is that the 'top' clubs now hoover taken up in bloated academies and are compelled to loan players out as they have too many to give a regular game to. Many such young players of course end up back in the lower leagues from where they sprang.

As for this signing, his obvious main competition is Brewster, who has done well for the U18s and on loan to Stockport. I'm pretty sure than Henen and Rodriguez will be let go over the summer.

Teddy Bertin
28 Posted 03/06/2016 at 12:48:30
#17 Mike what planet are you on mate? An 18 footballer of talent would have been expected to have had advisers from the age of 15.

You think a 16-year-old Theo Walcott was being advised on whether to sign for Arsenal by his mum and dad, with his uncle looking over the contract?

There are agents, lawyers and a host of other people all involved in the transfers of teenagers to major clubs. That why we have these compensation rules in place because the smaller clubs as well as the player are easily exploited once the big boys get involved.

Tom Bowers
29 Posted 03/06/2016 at 13:14:46
Forget the politics guys. Everton now have him and like may other young phenoms who have potential they have to make the grade and quite a few have failed at Goodison.
A lot depends of course on the new manager and his team of coaches etc. to see how he progresses, hopefully sooner than later but it's likely he will be sent out on loan like Barklay and that other ''phenom'' Osman.
Kieran Kinsella
30 Posted 03/06/2016 at 13:31:26
In truth he'd probably be better off at Coventry in the short term. However, it's nice that we are able to stockpile youngsters as it improves our chances of unearthing a gem. You never know how kids will progress. Think dead certs like Freddy Adu, George Green or that Sonny Pike kid on Blue Peter. Then you get people who come out of nowhere like Davies. The more we have, the better the odds of producing a star.
Trevor Lynes
31 Posted 03/06/2016 at 14:09:14
Like other clubs it is business that drives the acquisition of promising youngsters.If he ever reaches our first team then it is a big plus, but if he develops into a better player than he already is then we will sell him on for a profit !!
Craig Harrison
32 Posted 03/06/2016 at 17:12:53
Couple of thoughts 1) Why would this kid sign without knowing who the manager was, especially when he apparently had a choice of a number of clubs 2) Would the new incoming manager be asked about this signing?
Brin Williams
33 Posted 03/06/2016 at 17:21:15
It's all grist to the mill!
Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 03/06/2016 at 17:26:44
I would imagine this young player will cost Everton at least £250,000 to start with add ones rising, to how far he progresses.

George Green cost Everton £175,000 with add one it was going to nearly £1M.

Young lads on contracts at fourteen years of age have a transfer value over £40,000 and more depending on their ability. It is a huge market, with kids being picked up at six and seven years of age and once they reach fourteen the value of them starts.

Paul Ellam
35 Posted 03/06/2016 at 17:37:13
It's not quite Yarmolenko or Lacazette but it's a start!
Looking forward to the new gaffer (and DoF) bringing in a few more first team players though.
There's only so many young kids you can buy before it all gets a bit tedious - established players from now on please!
Joe O'Brien
36 Posted 03/06/2016 at 17:41:26
Craig I'm thinking the same. Who sanctioned the move? Bit weird we're buying players when we don't have a manager at this moment. Unsy?
John Dean
37 Posted 03/06/2016 at 18:25:24
Paul 27 I agree Henen and probably Rodriguez and would also be surprised to see Sam Byrne and Calum Dyson at EFC next season so there should be opportunities for the current U18 strikers to show they can score consistently against better defenders.
Dave Abrahams
38 Posted 03/06/2016 at 18:37:24
Craig and Joe, I think he agreed to join near the end of last season, maybe the terms of the transfer were also sorted out then as well, so it is quite possible that the deal is down to Mr. Martinez.
Alan J Thompson
39 Posted 04/06/2016 at 14:02:36
On a closing note I wonder if it allows for players to be tried in other positions such as Ray Wilson, left winger to left back, and Tommy Wright, midfielder to right back. There's probably a lot more but those two immediately spring to mind (well, an old blokes mind).
Jon Withey
40 Posted 04/06/2016 at 14:16:13
I doubt he'll be in the first team anytime soon so the new manager isn't that relevant for the time being.

I assume our youth setup is managed somewhat independently.

Simon Bates
42 Posted 05/06/2016 at 02:07:16
Just how this money is kept within the "football world", the fact that ex players, some mediocre at best, are kept within the circle, given meaningless positions on lucrative contracts.

Top pundit positions with TV and radio, nicely paid columns in national and local papers that gets to me. Obviously Everton in the Community give something back, as I'm sure other clubs do?

All fan rivalries put aside, I hear a lot more sense when I'm talking football with either friends or strangers and read a lot more sense on fansites than when cringing at some pundits or scanning a rag.

David Ellis
43 Posted 08/06/2016 at 12:11:47
I think a lot of the comments that "this is ruining the game" are nonsense. The "game" is much better than it used to be. The standards are higher (in fact too high for English players), the players long term welfare is better cared for. Ex pros don't have to run pubs or sell their medals after they hang up their boots (unless they blow their money...which many do...but that's a bit harder to fix and is ultimately their own responsibility).

OK I don't enjoy seeing the wealth and greed on display at times...but in most cases these are human beings acting rationally in their own best interests..I don't see that as a bad thing.

Trevor Lynes
44 Posted 08/06/2016 at 22:35:59
Top teams have dozens of kids loaned out all over the different leagues.They are assets who can be developed and sold just like any other business commodity.Very few make it into the starting eleven of a top premier league side.

Most of our best youngsters are unfortunately defenders so I cannot see any replacement on our books for Lukaku if and when he leaves.

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