Bassala Sambou says he was delighted to net his first goal in an Everton shirt after helping the Club's Under-23s reach the Liverpool Senior Cup final.
The 18-year-old striker, a summer signing from Coventry City, converted Antony Evans’ centre from close-range as the young Blues recorded a comfortable 4-0 semi-final victory over Skelmersdale United
Sambou, who scored 25 goals for the Sky Blues’ youth teams in 2015/16, is now hoping to go on a run as the 2016/17 season draws closer.
“I’m very happy,” he told evertonfc.com
. “It was a difficult game at times but I am really pleased to get on the scoresheet and get off the mark for Everton, hopefully it’s the first of many for me.
“It’s still pre-season so everyone is still building up fitness. It’s tough but I got through another 45 minutes and feel better for it. It’s just a case of getting more game time under my belt now.
“Winning gives everyone confidence and we’re focused on building some momentum now in time for the start of the competitive season. After this win, we’re in another final as well so there’s the motivation of winning another trophy [after the SuperCupNI success earlier this month].
“I’ve been here for a few weeks now and everyone has been great - I couldn’t have wished for a better group of lads because they’ve been so welcoming and made me feel part of the group from day one. I’m really enjoying myself here.”
Speaking after the game, boss David Unsworth hailed the efforts of his new recruit and believes the German-born goalscorer will continue to find the back of the net.
“His work-rate is outstanding,” said Unsworth. “He deserved his goal and was a little bit frustrated he didn’t get one or two earlier, but he keeps putting himself about and getting in good positions.
“We brought him to the Club for his pace, his work-rate and his goalscoring ability. He’ll score a lot of goals for us, I know that without a doubt.”