While Spurs fans will welcome the signing of Souleymane Coulibaly, many will be wondering today just where he will fit in to the squad in 2011-12.
Although he is two years younger than Cristin Ceballos, Coulibaly looks a great prospect who could conceivably step straight into the squad and provide Harry Redknapp with a striking option from day one.
He hasn’t played at senior level for Siena and by all accounts scored just once in 10 games for their under-19 side. However, it was his 9 goals in 4 games at the under-19 World Cup that brought him to the everyone’s attention and we’ve all seen the videos now showing us how good he can be.
For those of us who feel he’s ready to make an impact, our views have been tempered by the word of Spurs’ director of administration Darren Eales,
“For us that’s a great signing, that’s someone for the future,” Eales said.
“Obviously we’re not expecting him to go in the first team and start scoring but we’re hoping that in the future he can be a great talent for Tottenham.
“He’s a young player, he’ll come in and play with our development squad. When the time’s right we’re hoping he’ll be able to burst into the first team.”
So that may be the official word but this guy looks too good to loan out so he could he be a genuine contender for the fourth or even third striker slot?