Souleymane Coulibaly comments on his post-Tottenham woes and recovery

Tottenham Hotspur's Souleymane Coulibaly has a shot at goal

The Ivorian talent failed to make an impact during his time at White Hart Lane.

In July 2011 Tottenham Hotspur snapped up teenage striker Souleymane Coulibaly from Italian side Siena after he had excelled at the same competition, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He had scored nine goals in four matches at the competition for the Ivory Coast and Spurs beat off a host of big clubs to snap up the teenager.

Tottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly (L) in actionTottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly (L) in action

However he struggled to make an impact at Tottenham. He had a spell on loan at Grosseto before being sold to Bari in 2014. Nowadays, after spells at Peterborough United and Newport County, he is playing in Scotland with Kilmarnock - scoring 10 times in 21 appearances for the club so far.

Now he is finding some form north of the border the Ivorian has been speaking about his woes after leaving Tottenham.

Tottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly scores their first goal from the penalty spotTottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly scores their first goal from the penalty spot

He told the Evening Express:

“The manager has given me some buzz back, some power.

“A lot of people were thinking before ‘Coulibaly is dead’. I couldn’t find a home.

“I was top scorer at the Under-17 World Cup but some people thought [I was finished] – but now I’m showing them they are wrong. I’m still a top scorer.

“I’m trying to give the manager my thanks by scoring goals and by helping the team. I’m trying my best to give him that pay back because he deserves that.”

Tottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly in actionTottenham's Souleymane Coulibaly in action

Coulibaly, who was dubbed the ‘next Drogba’ when he joined Spurs, simply never looked good enough to make it at Tottenham and did not exactly thrive in the lower leagues of English football either.

But he has found redemption in Scotland and no Tottenham fan will begrudge him a successful career from now on.

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