AFC Bournemouth: Coulibaly gets development squad contract

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACH: Stephen Purches

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACH: Stephen Purches

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MIDFIELDER Aly Coulibaly has signed a one-year deal with Cherries after a successful summer trial with the development squad.

The 18-year-old younger brother of Cherries winger Mohamed Coulibaly impressed coach Stephen Purches sufficiently during pre-season matches against Hamworthy Recreation and Poole Town to earn his chance in England.

Formerly on the books of French club Tours, Coulibaly junior trained briefly with Cherries last summer before being brought back for an extended period this year.

In an interview with the Echo earlier this month, Purches said: “He is a different type of player to anyone else we have in the group so are hoping he will prove to be a good addition as time goes on.

“The development squad is here to bring players through and get them used to the ethos of the club before trying to push them on even further.”

Meanwhile, Josh Carmichael will attend a training camp for Scotland under-20s in Leicestershire on Monday.

  • Cherries' youngsters are set for their third pre-season outing at Wimborne Town tomorrow (3pm).

Magpies will be without goalkeeper Jason Harvell, who is set for a charity cycle ride on a tandem with former team-mate Tom Jeffes in France. The challenge is in aid of the Steve Bernard Foundation.

Jamie Davidson (unavailable) also misses out but Cuthbury trialists Brad Strickland and Tom Biles will feature.

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7:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

Web by says...

Is this josh Carmichael the one who came on against Exeter and played so well under Bradburys time if so why has he not figured in any of Eddies 1st team games. Only I have noticed some lads from the development squad have featured and I also spoke to Taffy Richardson and he said in his testimonial josh Carmichael was the best player on the park by far has the lad upset Eddie or something.
Is this josh Carmichael the one who came on against Exeter and played so well under Bradburys time if so why has he not figured in any of Eddies 1st team games. Only I have noticed some lads from the development squad have featured and I also spoke to Taffy Richardson and he said in his testimonial josh Carmichael was the best player on the park by far has the lad upset Eddie or something. Web by
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8:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

smhinto says...

I believe you will find that there is a slight difference between a short spell against Exeter and a testimonial match when compared to the Championship.
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Carmichael is an outstanding prospect, but he is unlikely to displace the first team squad midfield. One for the future I feel.
I believe you will find that there is a slight difference between a short spell against Exeter and a testimonial match when compared to the Championship. . Carmichael is an outstanding prospect, but he is unlikely to displace the first team squad midfield. One for the future I feel. smhinto
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9:21am Fri 25 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

Hope Aly makes it, with a name that roles off the tongue like his there has to be a unique chant opportunity.
Hope Aly makes it, with a name that roles off the tongue like his there has to be a unique chant opportunity. canfordcherry
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10:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

wearegoingup says...

I have seen Josh Carmichael play a few times and I have to agree he was one of the best players on the pitch in every game. He also had a good loan spell at Gosport last season and helped them to Wembley.

Also seem to remember him having a first team game a year or so ago before EH?? Maybe wrong.....

As smhinto says 'one for the future'
I have seen Josh Carmichael play a few times and I have to agree he was one of the best players on the pitch in every game. He also had a good loan spell at Gosport last season and helped them to Wembley. Also seem to remember him having a first team game a year or so ago before EH?? Maybe wrong..... As smhinto says 'one for the future' wearegoingup
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10:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

Web by says...

wearegoingup I agree I thought prior to Eddie taking over he came back from injury played 60 mins for the youth team then played in the next 3 games the last one I think was Coventry away and reports said he was1 if not the best player in those games so how come if he is making a Scotland u20s he cant get in the squad when there are some dev players already being considered does Eddie have a problem with him.
wearegoingup I agree I thought prior to Eddie taking over he came back from injury played 60 mins for the youth team then played in the next 3 games the last one I think was Coventry away and reports said he was1 if not the best player in those games so how come if he is making a Scotland u20s he cant get in the squad when there are some dev players already being considered does Eddie have a problem with him. Web by
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11:14am Fri 25 Jul 14

Pjb1970 says...

Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts
Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts Pjb1970
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11:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Carmichael and Matthews are both very promising midfielders and are both on Eddie's radar. However it's incredibly tough for kids to go straight in at Championship level, being so cut-throat. A loan to Leagues One or Two might be good.
Carmichael and Matthews are both very promising midfielders and are both on Eddie's radar. However it's incredibly tough for kids to go straight in at Championship level, being so cut-throat. A loan to Leagues One or Two might be good. mark.s
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1:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

Pjb1970 wrote:
Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts
If there's any chance of Gradel, then yes please!
[quote][p][bold]Pjb1970[/bold] wrote: Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts[/p][/quote]If there's any chance of Gradel, then yes please! canfordcherry
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2:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Pjb1970 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Pjb1970 wrote: Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts
If there's any chance of Gradel, then yes please!
That would make my week I think.lets hope to turning over the scum tonight
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pjb1970[/bold] wrote: Morning all do u think we will sign anyone else before the season starts[/p][/quote]If there's any chance of Gradel, then yes please![/p][/quote]That would make my week I think.lets hope to turning over the scum tonight Pjb1970
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