David Unsworth gives glowing reference of latest teenage Everton prodigy Bassala Sambou

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth

The young Coventry City striker joined Everton on a three-year deal on Friday.

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth

Everton academy manager and acting first-team boss David Unsworth has told the club's website that new signing Bassala Sambou is a hugely talented prospect and will be a Premier League player in the future.

The 18-year-old striker joined the Toffees on a three-year deal from Coventry City on Friday and arrives on Merseyside with an already impressive reputation after some scintillating performances for the Sky Blues youth sides.

Sambou scored 21 goals for Coventry's Under-18s side and another four for the Under-21s this season, and has chosen to make the step up the divisions with his contract at the Ricoh Arena due to expire at the end of the month.

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth and Norwich manager Alex Neil

Unsworth, who has overseen the development of such breakthrough stars as Kieran Dowell and Tom Davies this season, has high hopes for Sambou's role at Everton in the future.

He told the club's website: "I tracked his progress over the whole of last season and he'll be a quality player to take into the Under-21s group and he's a really exciting prospect for the future.

"We're pleased to be able to take him here as I believe he'll be a Premier League player in the future."

General view inside the stadium before the match

Everton were able to poach Sambou on a free transfer due to the expiration of his deal, and Coventry were seemingly long braced for his departure.

Earlier in 2016, manager Tony Mowbray expressed his frustration that Sambou had decided to leave the club so early in his development rather than stay and mature at the League One club.

It remains to be seen how Sambou will fare at Everton, but given the club's recent record of placing faith in young talent he may well be optimistic of getting an opportunity next season.

Everton U21 coach David Unsworth

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