The influx of Gambian stars moving to the English clubs is on the increase, 16-year-old young midfield prodigy Joseph Colley being the latest to agree a deal to join a team in the British Isles.
Various news sources in both England and Sweden said that Colley, born in Sweden to Gambian parents, has decided to join English champions Chelsea Football Club ahead of the 2015/16 season. Chelsea beat off competition from the country’s most successful club, Manchester United, to land the defensive midfielder.
Colley will officially tie up a move to West London on July 1 when the summer transfer window opens in Europe. GetWestLondon understands the transfer has been in the pipeline since December 2013 but the Blues allowed the player to remain in Stockholm to continue his development. Manchester United were previously rumoured to have taken a look at the starlet.
“Colley said his goodbyes to his BP team-mates earlier this week and is now ready to head to England to begin preparing for his new life with the Chelsea Academy at Cobham,” GetWestLondon said.
Tall and versatile, the teenager at 6 foot tall is capable of playing at right-back or in the heart of the defence and also as a holding midfielder. He is set to link up with Joe Edwards’ U-18s, who picked up their third FA Youth Cup crown in four years last April.
Despite his youth, Colley has made his first team debut for the struggling Swedish Superettan side Brommapojkarna and has captained Sweden at U-16 level having been born and raised there, but is also eligible for Gambia through parentage. Having also played for the U-15 and U-17 level, Colley is currently a member of the Swedish U-19 team.
Colley will join other Gambians in the books of established English clubs, including Mo Barrow of Swansea City in the premier league and Mustapha Carayol of Middlesbrough in the Championship, as well as striker Modou Cham and midfielder Solomon Sambou of Fulham and Blackburn Rovers Football Clubs respectively.