Celtic fans have only seen fleeting glimpses of Eboue Kouassi since his winter arrival in Glasgow, but there’s certainly a bit of a buzz surrounding the Ivorian midfielder here in the Transfer Tavern, with punters in the Bhoys’ booth often chatting about the 19-year-old.
Snapped up from FC Krasnodar in Russia, the teenager is seen as a player for the future, with Brendan Rodgers easing him into his Hoops squad, only granting him two substitute appearances so far – one in the Premiership and the other in the Scottish Cup.
Prior to his arrival, Kouassi was compared to Paul Pogba due to his athleticism and technique, and speaking to Izvestia, the Celtic No.88 has revealed that he would like to emulate the Manchester United man:
“We are similar in appearance and style. I think if I work hard, I can make comparisons with this player.
“Perhaps then I will be the ‘second Pogba’.
“It is possible [I can reach Pogba’s level]. You just need to work hard and make great efforts to respect football.”
Kouassi also spoke of his talks with team-mate, and compatriot, Kolo Toure about the Premier League and what he needs to do to earn a move to an English club:
“He said that it is a very difficult tournament. If I want to play there, I need to put in a lot of work on my game.
“Only then I will have a chance to be in the Premier League.”