'A young Danny Welbeck': Everton coach raves about brilliant academy sensation
By Matt Farr
Everton Under 23 manager David Unsworth insists academy sensation Bassala Sambou reminds him of a ‘young Danny Welbeck.’
Sambou, 19, was snapped up by the Premier League club from Coventry last summer on a three-year-deal, and was immediately thrown into Everton’s academy setup.
But the brilliant striker saw his start to life at Goodison Park hampered by injury, making just two appearances for the academy side between August and January.
He made his return to action in the win over Reading on January 16, and has since flourished with four goals from seven appearances.
Sambou found the back of the net for Everton during their recent 4-1 win over Tottenham Under 23’s on Monday night, and Unsworth is delighted to see his ‘young Danny Welbeck’ back in action.
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He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s taken him time to get in the rhythm of how we want to play but he reminds me of a young Danny Welbeck, when I had him at Preston.
“He just reminds me of Danny when he came on loan from [Manchester] United; very raw, really quick, likes to get in behind, a goalscorer who can score all sorts of goals and he’s a wonderful boy as well, so we have high hopes for him.
“He’s an all-action striker and he’s desperate to score goals and he looks the part. But that’s not a surprise to us, we’ve seen him do it in training. He just needs time.”
If he continues his current rate of progression for Unsworth’s academy side, he could become a valuable option for Ronald Koeman to call upon in the Everton first team.
Koeman has already handed a number of exciting academy products a role to play in the first team squad, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Matthew Pennington.
But with the long-term future of star goalscorer Romelu Lukaku also up in the air, Sambou could even provide Koeman with a viable contingency plan in the years to come.
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