By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Souleymane Coulibaly has today signed for League One club Peterborough United.
Souleymane, 20, rose to prominence when – in the 2011 FIFA Under 17 World Cup – he won the Golden Boot by scoring an astonishing nine goals in four games for Ivory Coast before they were knocked out of the tournament by France in the second round. A much lauded move to Tottenham Hotspur followed that World Cup, amidst reputed interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Whilst still 16, Souley began his Spurs career impressively, regularly scoring in the NextGen tournament, FA Youth Cup and under 18 fixtures. He made his first-team debut in the 2012/13 pre-season, scoring against Stevenage, but with first team opportunities thereafter difficult to obtain Souley was loaned out back to Italy where he played 12 times in Serie B – no mean feat for a 18 year old. Once back at Spurs hoping to progress following that Serie B experience, Souley scored goals regularly at Under 21 level but by the summer of 2014 Souley had made a permanent return to Italy.
Realising that he wanted to return to England, Souleymane appointed Full Contact to mastermind his route back, and today’s move to Peterborough United completes a strategy that was well thought out by Souleymane himself. Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, explained “Souley was very clear that in returning to England he wanted to play in League One – no higher or lower. His understanding of English football is very good and he is aware of how many of his contemporaries at Spurs had their careers boosted by Football League loans ; something he regrets he did not have the opportunity to do. He also regrets returning to Italy in the summer of 2014 because his career to that point was on a continual upwards curve and he would have been well placed last summer to play in the Football League, but there were circumstances and people around Souley at the time who procured his return to Italy. As soon as we became aware that Souley knew this was the wrong decision for him – and credit must go to Full Contact consultant Kevin Djikalou who is also of Ivorian descent for all of his hard work in helping Souley prepare his return – we got to work in trying to find the right club for him. He started pre-season with Crewe Alexandra and spent two weeks training there, and he scored 3 goals over two 45 minute appearances with them, but as Crewe weighed up whether they could make Souley a contract offer Peterborough swooped in and within 48 hours or so made it clear they wanted to sign Souleymane.”
Lee Payne, head of football at Full Contact, said “As soon as Peterborough made their interest known, it was a great option for Souleymane. Dave Robertson and his staff were well aware of Souley as a Spurs youth and under 21 striker and just one indifferent season last year in Italy in trying circumstances does not negate the fact that this boy is a proven and prolific goalscorer. We and he, though, are very aware that he is still raw and has a lot to learn before he can be at his best in the Football League and as Peterborough have such a track record of developing and progressing the careers of young strikers, we are sure he has found the right home. Souley is a brave young man, who has already had to experience an awful lot in his career, but he plays with a smile on his face and I am sure he will become a fans’ favourite – not least when they see his goal celebrations!”
Souleymane has signed an initial one-year contract. All at Full Contact wish him and Peterborough United all the best for the coming season.
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