Katia Kouyate signs new 2-year deal

28/09/2022 1comment  |  Jump to last

19-year-old striker Katia Kouyate has been with Everton Academy since he was 8 years old and has just signed a new professional contract that will run until June 2024. 

He worked his way up through the age groups and first played for the Under-18s as a 16-year-old back in August 2019. He signed his first professional contract in September 2020, after he turned 17.

He's suffered a number of injuries which have limited his game time over the last 3 seasons; However, he would come back to make a series of appearances mostly off the bench and has played a part in all of the new U21 season games as the club signalled their commitment to the youngster's continuing development with a new 2-year contract after he got some advanced training with the first-team squad during the last international break.

“It was massive to get a chance to train with them recently. It was great to see the difference between the level I am at now and the likes of Dimi [Gray] and Maupay to see where I need to go to to take my game to the next level. Now I’ve been there, I want to strive to get back there.”

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Everton Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, said: “We are pleased to agree this new contract with Katia who continues to progress and develop as a striker. Having had valuable time recently learning from our senior players in training, we now hope he can push on under the guidance of Paul Tait in what is a talented Under-21s squad.”


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 30/09/2022 at 11:29:42
I nearly missed this one. The kid was already on a 3-year deal, which shows some faith from the club, despite his injury record.

Thankfully it looks like he's doing a lot better this season, having racked up 8 appearances so far in all of the U21 games played by Paul Tait's team – although all but one has been from the bench.

And he must be that new breed of striker – the kind who don't score many goals. Only one at Under-18 level, and only two at Under-23 level – none so far this season.

Let's hope I'm completely wrong about him, that he is well past all his growing pains and he's going to be this brilliant Academy product for us, banging them in like nobody's business. Ra, ra, ra!!!

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