Abdallah Sima: Things to know about exciting Slavia Prague forward

08 April 2021 02:00

There have been plenty of young stars emerge during the 2020/21 Europa League, but few have been as impressive - or under the radar - as Slavia Prague wonderkid Abdallah Sima.

The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene with goal after goal after goal, lighting up the European stage as well as domestically in the Czech Republic. Consider that little more than a year ago, 12 he was playing in the French fifth tier and his accomplishments seem all the more impressive.

Inevitably, with top notch performances comes interest from around the continent, and Sima is no different. French media have recently claimed that Crystal Palace are in 'advanced talks' over a move to the Premier League, while there is also thought to have been dialogue with West Ham - the Czech club's president even going as far as to say talks have been held.

But Sima isn't known to everybody, so it's probably in everybody's interests - and yours - for 90min to fill you in on all you need to know about him.

Is Abdallah Sima any good?

1. Yes, and he's enjoyed a quick rise through the ranks

Sima has reaped the rewards of his hard work | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

As mentioned, Sima's exploits at Slavia Prague are even more incredible knowing how they've come to be.

Aged 17, he was still playing local football in Senegal, before moving to French fifth tier side Thonon Evian. After leaving France, he moved to the Czech third tier in March 2020 - you know, when that pandemic hit - and was limited to months inside rented accommodation in a new country on limited training sessions.

Slavia Prague caught wind of Sima by the summer, and took a punt on him after seeing him in a friendly. After lighting it up for their B-team, he had been promoted to the first team by September and has since become their star man.

All in a year's work.

What national team does Sima play for?

2. Senegal, debuting as a 19-year-old.