With reports claiming that Preston North End are interested in a free agent who has rejected fresh terms at his current club, could Bassala Sambou be our second summer signing?
The 21-year-old striker joined Everton from Coventry City in 2016, but after rejecting a new deal with the Toffees, Sambou is set to leave.
The German-born forward netted 11 goals in Everton’s title-winning U23 side, but is choosing to leave Merseyside in favour of a club who can offer him first team football.
Preston could be that side, and with a host of English and German clubs eyeing up a move for Sambou, Alex Neil must act fast if he is to secure the services of one of the brightest talents at U23 level.
Yes, he’s not experienced, I mean he’s quite the opposite, but clearly he has the potential at a senior level if Everton have already tried and failed to tie him down.
Sambou fits the mould of an Alex Neil number 9. He’s strong, quick and can effectively use the channels. The German also has plenty of flicks and tricks in his locker, along with the ability to play off the shoulder of the last man.
With new signing Patrick Bauer stating this week that Alex Neil’s reputation for player development was a pivotal reason in making the move to PR1, it would be logical for compatriot Sambou to follow suit.
Alex Neil has repeatedly insisted that Preston require an injection of experience, but this does not discount youth entirely. Neil relishes a project and while Sambou has proved himself at U23 level, he is now determined to succeed at the next stage.
The German will have witnessed the development of Lukas Nmecha through the course of last season and may well see PNE as an attractive proposition due to Neil’s faith in youth.
On a Bosman, this would be a low-risk signing and fits in with our current transfer policy. Now, we still need experience, but Sambou, who scored 19 goals in 60 appearances for the Everton U23s, would be a real coup for free.