Blackpool have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Sutton United forward Kylian Kouassi, according to journalist Peter O’Rourke.
Neil Critchley’s rebuild on the coast continues, with the Tangerines set to sign Sutton United graduate Kylian Kouassi. As the newly relegated side looks to recover from the recent departure of Jerry Yates to Championship side Swansea City, Blackpool has been in the market for a new talisman.
Who is Kylian Kouassi?
The young striker progressed through the ranks at Sutton United before enjoying loan spells in the non-league at Bedford Sports, Hampton & Richmond and Chesham United. The latter of which saw Kouassi have a breakthrough season, finding the net seven times in 20 appearances for the Southern Premier Division side.
Kouassi then went on to make his League Two debut as a substitute in March 2022 at Gander Green Lane during a 3-0 home win against Rochdale. Impressing manager Matt Gray, the striker went on to make a further three appearances off the bench during the 2021-22 season.
During the 2022-23 campaign, the frontman became more of a regular in Matt Gray’s side, scoring his first EFL goal as a substitute in September during a 2-1 victory against Harrogate Town. Going on to make 46 appearances for the South London side, the forward registered four goals and two assists in all competitions, as the club finished 14th in League Two.
The 20-year-old will be part of a huge rebuild for returning manager Neil Critchley, as they recover from the loss of star player Jerry Yates. Following relegation in a season that saw the Tangerines finish bottom of the Championship scoring charts, they will be looking to add more goals for the upcoming campaign.
The Seasiders are looking to fill the void of Jerry Yates, however, I only see this signing as one for the future. It remains a possibility more strikers could be brought in, with Kouassi being loaned back to the fourth tier to continue his development.
The Sutton man has shown a particular level of progress over the last two seasons, and Neil Critchley is a manager I believe he will only get better under.