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Sky Sports Scout - Souleymane Coulibaly

We run the rule over Ivorian starlet Souleymane Coulibaly

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NAME:Souleymane Coulibaly AGE: 19 (26th December, 1994) BORN: Abidjan, Ivory Coast POSITION: Striker CLUB: Tottenham FACTS: Moved to Italy aged 13 Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Tottenham starlet Souleymane Coulibaly - recommended by Sky Sports reader Simon McHale.

The scout reports...

Souleymane Coulibaly is the latest hot young African striker, like so many before him labelled the new Didier Drogba.

Some labels on young players are tough for them to handle, the label of the new Drogba on Coulibaly is pretty much just wrong.

That is not to say that he could not emulate the Chelsea striker's success - he quite possibly could - it is just that he is not really a similar sort of player.

Drogba is all about power, pace and finishing - and whilst those are attributes Coulibaly possesses, he has more to his game.

Coulibaly is brilliantly skilful and could even play as an out-and-out winger if his finishing skills were not so pronounced.

Born in Ivory Coast, as a young teenager Coulibaly fled the war-hit country with his father to Italy.

Not long after his arrival in Italy, Coulibaly was spotted by Siena and snapped up. He progressed with speed through their youth system and was part of the Under-19 system last season.

But the real trigger for the interest in Coulibaly has come from his performances with Ivory Coast's youth side as he excelled at the Under-17 World Cup where he scored a remarkable nine goals.

After picking up the golden boot in Mexico, that led to a host of clubs from around the world taking a keen interest with Manchester United and Real Madrid both said to be leading the chase.

But Tottenham moved quickly to agree terms with Siena and they paid around £2million for the youngster.

The scout says...

Looks a remarkable talent, full of energy and skill and it was no surprise most of Europe was chasing him.

He is now settled at Tottenham at a young age, and they are very good at looking after young talent - Coulibaly is one to watch very closely in the coming few seasons.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 9 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 9 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £2million

Potential value: £30million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Souleymane Coulibaly - now we want your views. Have you seen Coulibaly in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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