Born Offside looks at Tottenham’s new teenage sensation Souleymane Coulibaly…

When the world woke up to news that a 16-year-old labelled the ‘new Didier Drogba’ had plundered nine goals in just four games at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, everyone expected Real Madrid,Barcelona,ChelseaorManchesterCityto be his next destination.

Instead Tottenham have won the race for Souleymane Coulibaly’s much sought after signature. And Coulibaly has already made his debut in a Spurs shirt scoring within minutes of his introduction against Brighton in a Friendly on Tuesday night.

“Souleymane did well. He scored, the goalkeeper made one outstanding save out of the top corner from him and he also hit the post.” Explained Spurs’ Technical Co-ordinator, Tim Sherwood, after the game.

 “He has a one-track mind and that’s to go for goal, he gets the ball out of his feet and smashes it. He did well.”

The teenager was born on Boxing Day 1994 and fled his native Ivory Coast aged 13 to avoid the conflict engulfing the country, signing for Italian outfitSienain 2009.

The African forward made 10 appearances scoring once in Siena’s Under 19 team, last season. But it was his blistering form at the Under 17 World Cup that made the world sit up and take notice.

In just four games Coulibaly equalled the tournament record by scoring nine goals for Ivory Coast. It took joint-record holder and formerLiverpoolstriker Florent Sinama Pongolle a further three matches in 2001.

He smashed home a hat-trick against Brazil, including an overhead kick and a stunning left foot pile-driver. But the best was yet to come. He netted four against Denmark including two sublime goals from impossible angles. A star was born and Coulibaly was instantly linked with a big money move to Real Madrid. But a move to the Bernabeu never materialized and Spurs stepped in to clinch the exciting striker.

But if Spurs’ fans believe they have snared the ‘new Drogba’ they are mistaken. Coulibaly himself humbly acknowledges Drogba’s evident physical advantage.

“Drogba is taller than me, he’s more physically built than me and he’s better with air balls than me. If I can become a quarter of him I’d be so happy,” Coulibaly recently told Ivorian newspaper Frat Mat.

But the young pretender can also trump Drogba in certain departments. His dribbling abilities already exceed that of the Chelsea forward while he is also much quicker than his countryman.

Coulibaly is nearer the Samuel Eto’o style of forward, pulling out wide and playing off the shoulder of defenders. While his power and pace resembles Obafemi Martins at his best.

Tottenham have a real gem who could even have an outside shot of featuring in the Premier League this season with Spurs’ first choice attackers seemingly goal-shy.

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