There were high hopes for young centre forward Esesoa Sule at Celtic. After all, in summer of 2022, he was handed a professional contract at the tender age of 16, being given the number 79 shirt.
An all round striker who could score all types of goals, Sule netted a plethora for the youth teams of Celtic however in January of this year, English suitors came calling. West Brom were one and it wasn’t long before the Baggies had wrapped up a deal to sign the teenager. Sule made the move to the Hawthorns and since, has turned out for many of their youth sides.
Most recently, though, the striker played for the under 21s. The fact Sule isn’t even able to get behind the wheel of a car yet is competing at such a high level dislcloses his vast potential and ability, evidence of which was furthered with the penalty he scored in the game, as can be seen from @The_Young_Team on Twitter:
16 year old Eseosa Sule makes winning u21 debut! 🏴
The former Celtic youth calmly scored one of the penalty shoot-out kicks as WBA u21 beat Redditch Utd in the Birmingham Cup quarter-final. ☑️
Keep an eye on this centre forward. Could push for an u17s Euros spot! pic.twitter.com/pUQGT7Bt8a
— The Young Team (@The_Young_Team) March 29, 2023
In a high stakes shootout, young Sule showed maturity way beyond his years in order to step up and calmly slot home. His technique, which seen him coolly stutter in his run up, was undoubtedly impressive. His strike helped West Brom’s under 21s get into the semi finals of the Birmingham Cup, a round of the competition Sule will certainly look to take part in.
At West Brom, the 16 year old is going from strength to strength. It is disappointing for Celtic to have lost his services so early on although it cannot be denied that the number of young, talented prospects that are being tempted away from their boyhood clubs at such tender ages is only growing. In terms of Celtic, Sule joins the likes of Liam Morrison, Barry Hepburn and Ben Doak on the growing list of academy stars who have moved away from Glasgow as teenagers.