Sekou Koita continues Salzburg rise

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Malian forward Sekou Koita is having his best career season in Austria.

The attacker has been hitting the back of the net for fun in the Bundesliga this season having scored 15 goals in the 26 games that he has played so far.

Alongside Patson Daka and Mergim Berisha, the 21-year-old has been terrorising opposition defences in Austria. Daka has netted 18 goals in 22 appearances while Berisha has also found the back of the net 18 times.

Salzburg is known for developing and producing the best young talents across Europe.

The likes of Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Amadou Haidara and Naby Keita are some of the names that have gone through the club’s system before joining bigger clubs in Europe’s top five leagues.

In the past two seasons, Koita lived under the shadow of Daka and Haaland, but this season the striker is putting up his hand. He is a regular starter up front with Daka. With a lot of speculation about the Zambian leaving the Austrian giants at the end of the season, he is set to take over as the main striker while young Adeyemi is expected to deputise for him.

Koita began his European journey with Austrian second tier side Liefering where he played 15 games before being signed by Salzburg. In early 2019, he went on loan to Wolfsberger and scored five goals in 14 appearances.

In 2019, Koita impressed with Mali’s U20 in the Fifa World Cup. He has also played 14 senior national team games for Mali and scored three goals.

He played in all eight of Salzburg’s Uefa Champions League games this season, from qualifiers to the group phase of the competition. The club failed to reach the knockout phase of this year’s competition.

Last weekend, Salzburg progressed to the semi-final of the Austrian Cup with a 2-0 victory against Wien and Koita netted the first goal in that game. This coming Saturday, the champions travel to WSG Wattens in the league.

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