Everton Under 23s striker Bassala Sambou has confirmed his exit from Goodison Park, marking the end to a three-year career in the Toffees’ academy.
Sambou moved to Merseyside in 2016 following his release by Coventry City, and featured in 60 junior fixtures for the Blues, in which he scored 19 goals.
The 2018/19 campaign proved to be the Hannover, Germany-born forward’s most prolific campaign in Royal Blue, as he found the net eleven times and assisted a further two for a goal involvement of 13 – with nine of his personal strikes helping toward a second Premier League 2 title under David Unsworth.
Everton had attempted to tie Sambou’s immediate future to the club, but the striker rejected the terms proposed, and has instead left Merseyside following the end of his previous deal.
Several potential suitors from across the Championship, League One and Europe were credited with an interest in the 21-year-old following his decision to reject a new contract at Goodison Park, with Blackburn Rovers muted as a potential destination.
The Netherlands appears to be where Sambou is heading, however, as Limburger understands Eredivisie outfit Fortuna Sittard are preparing for his arrival, and many of their fans have been replying to his post declaring his Merseyside exit welcoming the now-former Toffees star to their club.
Thank you @everton for an amazing three years. Two Premier League 2 titles , made amazing friends and great memories that I will never forget.
— Bass Sambou. (@bsambou1) July 22, 2019
Loads of Everton supporters have also been replying to Sambou wishing him well in the future.
Here’s a selection of the replies…
Good luck lad it’s a true shame we need a striker #NSNO
— David Hughes (@daveblueallover) July 22, 2019
Good luck enjoyed seeing you play for the mighty blues enjoy ????????????
— Ann Mckenzie (@annmckenzie67) July 22, 2019
Good Luck Bass, quality young man as well as a player ????????
— Ste Kelly (@stekellyefc) July 23, 2019
Good Luck lad. All the best for the future ????????
— Gary Savage (@sav4efc) July 22, 2019
All the best in your career. ????????
— Matt ♿️ (@Matt_S_1982) July 22, 2019
Sorry to see you leave thanks for great memories and ???? wishing you all the best for the future
— robert eagleton (@eagleton76) July 22, 2019
Best of luck with your future career Bass! Thanks for your time at the blues????????????
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) July 22, 2019
Why didn’t you stay m8? Top scorer in U23’S, did I miss something??
— Maxy (@MaxyMj3669) July 22, 2019
Well done and good luck Bass????
— Elliot???? (@elliotbrimagei1) July 22, 2019