Everton set to sign Coventry City youngster Bassala Sambou

The wantaway youngster looks set to join the Toffees.

Everton set to sign Coventry City youngster Bassala Sambou
Sambou in action for the Sky Blues. Photo: Coventry Telegraph

Everton look set to capture the signature of talented Coventry City forward Bassala Sambou, according to the Coventry Telegraph

The forward, 18, had caught the attention of a number of clubs with his performances in the FA Youth Cup and regular outings with the Coventry City under 18 squad. 

Sambou has rejected the chance to sign his first professional deal with the Sky Blues and instead looks like joining the Toffees this summer.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray had reportedly offered the forward a place with the senior squad during pre-season but those advances have seemingly been spurned for the chance to join up with the Premier League side. 

Another young talent for the Toffees

Sambou would be in good hands at Everton who like to give regular chances to young players and keep them around with senior players if they prove they’re good enough for a place.

The forward would add to the Toffees ever growing list of young players signed from lower divisions. John Stones is the notable example, after signing from Barnsley he quickly got his chance in the FA Cup and Premier League before becoming a main stay in the team.

Mason Holgate, also signed from Barnsley, looks set to follow the path set by Stones as he will look to join up with the Everton first team once this season comes to a close.

Mason Holgate in action for the Everton U21's. Photo: Liverpool Echo

A forward talent to finally reach his potential?

Everton have had a number of notable young forwards in the past that have been tipped to break into the first team and become a part of the Blues future, only to then move on after a number of years.

James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jose Baxter, Hallam Hope and Conor McAleny have all been touted as the next Wayne Rooney like forward to come through the Everton academy.

The closest forwards to reaching that potential were James Vaughan and Victor Anichebe. The pair progressed through the youth ranks together and become super subs at times for David Moyes. 

Vaughan moved on earlier as he had been hamstrung by injuries during his time with the Blues. He made 60 apperances, scoring nine, capturing the record for youngest Premier League goalscorer in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Anichebe looked like he was rounding into a solid player for the Toffees before Everton signed Romelu Lukaku and let him move on to West Bromwich Albion

The Blues will be hoping that Sambou can break the drought of forwards with potential only to move on within a number of years. 

Victor Anichebe celebrates for Everton. Photo: Birmingham Mail