Everton striker Bassala Sambou is out of contract this summer. And despite Everton’s best efforts, he looks destined to depart before the start of next season.
Sambou is ready to move away from Goodison Park, three years after joining from Coventry City. He was a highly-rated young striker but he never got a first-team opportunity at Everton.
The German-born striker could now return to the country of his birth as Bundesliga clubs circle. Eredivisie sides are also keen after Sambou rejected a new deal, The Liverpool Echo reports.
If and when Sambou departs, Everton need to replace him in the U23 team. Sambou was the central figure in David Unsworth’s plans last season and a new youngster needs to fill his boots.
Step forward, Manasse Mampala. If Sambou departs, this presents a golden opportunity to Mampala, who can stake his claim for a first-team spot within the next one or two years.
The 18-year-old recently signed a new contract to show just how highly Everton regard him. But now he needs to repay that faith in Unsworth’s team to show why he can be a future first-team star.
Mampala has only played eight times for the U23 team so far in his youth career; he is yet to find the net but has provided two assists. However, his record of 14 goals and seven assists in 35 games for the U18 team is eye-catching.
Sambou’s exit opens the door for Mampala to step up to U23 level. And if the DR Congo-born striker impresses, his first-team chance could arrive in the near future.