KARAMOKO DEMBELE induced a sensation when he made his Celtic Underneath-20s debut earlier this yr aged simply 13.
However there’s one other intriguing soccer story at the moment unfolding within the Dembele family.
Brother Siriki Dembele, 21, has gone from a non-professional enjoying within the Nike Academy to one of many decrease leagues’ hottest properties inside six months.
His breakthrough at Grimsby — which has included profitable November’s EFL Younger Participant of the Month award — has been so spectacular, even Premier League golf equipment Crystal Palace and Swansea have taken discover.
It has been a whirlwind because the winger joined the Mariners in Might however one which Dembele all the time believed would come true.
And that’s thanks, partially, to the recommendation and knowledge of his youthful brother, which clearly belies his tender years.
Siriki stated: “Karamoko’s actually excited for me. After I was 16, 17 and didn’t have a membership, he all the time believed in me. He was telling me to attend for my probability. He knew how good I used to be.
“He all the time stated at some point it will occur however I wanted to make it occur. For those who assist your self, God will enable you to. That’s what I attempted to do.
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“Age doesn’t matter. Generally I’ll ask him for recommendation due to the best way he thinks. He’s a really particular boy.”
Siriki was born within the Ivory Coast however moved when he was 5 to London — the place fellow winger Karamoko was born — as his mother and father sought a greater life.
Dad Losseni and mum Abiba labored as hospital cleaners earlier than the household relocated to Glasgow, the place Losseni took up comparable work.
Scotland’s second metropolis was the place Siriki grew up — and you’ll inform by his Glaswegian accent. He performed regionally earlier than becoming a member of Dundee United, then the Nike Academy at St George’s Park Nationwide Soccer Centre in Burton which takes care of unsigned gamers.
Then got here his massive break at Grimsby.
There are three brothers and three sisters within the household, spanning a whopping 19 years, from 27-year-old Maferima to eight-year-old Hassan, who can also be in Celtic’s academy.
Siriki and Karamoko are very shut, regardless of the previous now being in England.
The pair speak on the cellphone on a regular basis and Siriki can nonetheless recall the day he found that Karamoko was going to end up for Celtic’s Underneath-20s — earlier than the remainder of the world did.
He stated: “I used to be like, ‘That is wonderful, you don’t understand how sick that is, you’re solely 13 and also you’re enjoying with the Underneath-20s!’ However everybody else was so calm about it. Then the subsequent day, after he made his debut and every thing began to hit the web, the remainder of my household had been like, ‘Wow’.
“We had press coming to the home and my mum didn’t know what to do. It grew to become large everywhere in the world.
“He’s nonetheless the identical particular person since all of the hype. He hasn’t modified. He’s a very good lad.
“He’s all the time desirous to get higher.
“Day by day in the home he has the ball at his toes, within the kitchen, in the lounge. He’s all the time attempting new methods, new dribbles. He’s all the time doing press-ups.
“In the home he’ll give me a variety of backchat and banter me about stuff!
“He’s assured inside however he’s very humble outdoors.”
Karamoko, now 14, has been coaching with the Hoops’ first workforce so Siriki is hopeful a full debut occur “quickly”.
However “we should wait and see”, he added, if the wonderkid chooses to play for England or Scotland within the long-term.
Scotland Underneath-21s are understood to be watching Siriki himself with a potential call-up within the close to future after a wonderful debut season that has included 4 targets and three assists.
The wideman is aware of he can name on Kolo Toure for recommendation because the pair’s fathers are good buddies.
And former Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis ace Toure may have been pleased with the Grimsby star’s EFL award.
Siriki, who idolises Actual Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, added: “The EFL one who introduced the award informed me that Wilfried Zaha and Dele Alli had gained it earlier than. When she informed me that I used to be actually blissful.
“The supervisor Russell Slade has given me a lot confidence and my agent Danny Williams has helped me massively.
“I do know what I can do and I’ve all the time believed that. I’m attempting my greatest to do extra every single day once I step on to the pitch, and hopefully it pays off.
“This yr has been unbelievable for me. Simply pondering that final yr I wasn’t an expert and this yr I’m, it’s unbelievable. I’ll preserve pushing for extra.”
On the subject of the Dembele soccer household, there’s undoubtedly extra to come back.