It takes a brave player to turn down a decent and stable contract offer at a club like Everton. But that is exactly what talented forward Bassala Sambou did in the summer of 2019.
As reported by the Liverpool ECHO, Everton had made an offer to the German-born forward to extend his deal at the club for another two years. However, the frontman decided he would let his deal with Everton expire and try his luck elsewhere.
So where is he now?
Sambou left Everton with a plan. Even before the contract was rejected he was being linked with a potential move to Dutch side Fortuna Sittard.
That deal was made official at the end of July and Sambou, who had scored 16 goals in 36 games for Everton’s under-23s in the 2018-19 campaign, was on his way.
His first season in Holland was a difficult one. Fortuna battled relegation for much of what proved to be a truncated campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After a golden October, in which Sambou scored in back-to-back games, he found himself slipping down the pecking order.
Despite starting the season in Fortuna’s first-team squad, Sambou left on loan in October, joining Danish top-flight side Randers on loan with an option to buy.
So far, it has been something of a success. Sambou has four goals in 14 games for his new club but is still struggling to cement himself a place as a starter in the league.
Sambou is clearly trying his best to impress, as he told Tipsbladet earlier this month.
“I always try to convince the coaches that I have to play, especially when I’m here on loan. My goal is to give my best and help the team as much as possible.”
So whilst his form would not currently suggest that Everton let a superstar slip through the net it is great to see one of our former players hungry for minutes and trying to make it abroad.
Hopefully, Sambou can start banging in the goals regularly sooner rather than later.