Spurs’ Star Of The Future – How About Now?By: Robert Reed | February 28th, 2013
Amongst all the criticism that Daniel Levy hasn’t signed us the striker we have all been crying out for, there is some evidence that he has in fact done so on the sly; even if we do have to wait a while to reap the benefits. Souleymane Coulibaly may be only eighteen but he has the potential to be a major star of the future.
OK so his name doesn’t immediately lend itself to a catchy terrace chant, but I have a feeling that sooner or later we are going to have to come up with one anyway.
Check out the videos, he looks brilliant. Also ignore what he says at the start, he isn’t seventy years old; bless him.
Soli seems to have the lot; pace, strength, vision, dazzling long shots, acrobatic overhead kicks, headers, sliding tap ins. He is being labelled as the new Drogba, but that is more down to his being from the Ivory Coast than anything else. With his build, flair, agility and industrious style of play (not to mention eye for goal and penchant for the spectacular) he puts me more in mind of a young Tony Yeboah (younger readers may have to take to YouTube for that one).
His goalscoring exploits so far have been impressive. At the 2011 U17 World Cup in Mexico he was the tournament’s top scorer and equaled the record of nine goals. The difference being that the previous record holder took six games to achieve that while Soli scored nine goals in four games, including four against Denmark and a hat-trick against Brazil.
I think we can say he knows where the net is then.
Soli has been a Spurs player for a season and a half now, so this shouldn’t really be news to most. I can’t help thinking however that although the club is probably doing the right thing by sending him on loan to Serie B side U.S. Grosseto (who are very impressed with him), wouldn’t it be nice to have the lad at our disposal at the moment? Champions League is everything this season and as everyone knows we are absolutely threadbare in the striker department.
Michael Owen, Joe Cole and Wayne Rooney were playing in the Premier League at seventeen; our own Aaron Lennon made his Premiership debut at sixteen. Would it be crazy to think that Soli could be getting some valuable top flight experience right now at eighteen?
He’s not the tallest at around 5′ 8” but with a stocky build his low centre of gravity will make him hard to knock off the ball, enabling him to handle the league physically. He is intelligent, being fluent in French and Italian as well as speaking good English, and if his acrobatic (and slightly unnerving) goal celebrations are anything to go by he is not lacking in confidence on the pitch.
I’ll admit I don’t know the legal ramifications, squad lists etc and whether recalling him for first team action at any time recently would have been viable; likewise I won’t be trying to second guess AVB’s methods any time soon, but it’s just a thought.
One more point though, for any who believe in kismet; Soli scored twice for us in a 7-1 win at 2011’s NextGen Tournament…against Inter Milan.
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