“Great talent” according to Brendan Rodgers, “phenomenon” for Christopher Jullien… But how did Karamoko Dembélé, 19, end up in Brest in July 2022 when we saw in him the future world star from his 13 year ?
Back in 2016. Karamoko Dembélé is only 13, but he’s making the world famous when he comes into play for Celtic U20s. The football planet ignites and discovers a pocket winger (1.67m), left-handed, capable of performing stepovers, hooks, small bridges and scoring. Future crack, certainly. What everyone doesn’t know is that the left-hander has been shining for three years with the youth categories of Celtic and that this appearance in U20 is a reward for his last two tournaments, which he finished by being voted best player. . A leap into the deep end for the Anglo-Ivorian, who landed in Glasgow with his parents just after his birth in England. This explains why Karamoko Dembélé alternates between the two neighboring selections, with a penchant for Three Lions.
Brendan Rodgers calms things down
The years pass, and the prodigy continues to cut corners. At just 15, he scored his first goal with the U20s and is offered a professional contract, two months later. The road to genius seems clear, but first-team coach Brendan Rodgers calms things down: “If we only talk about talent, I could probably take him to the first team right now. But I have to think about his progression and his level of maturity. The real question that must be asked is, can he take it? » had launched the technician to the Scottish Sun.
“You can’t do bull with him, he likes too much to put little bridges. » Christopher Jullien, Celtic teammate
Visionary. Four years and only ten professional matches later, the winger has just landed in Brest to (re)launch his career… at 19 years old. Frustrating in view of a considerable talent remembered by Christopher Jullien at the microphone of RMC Sport. “He is a phenomenon, he has undeniable qualities. He is lively and comfortable with the balldetails the former teammate of Dembélé at Celtic. You can’t do bull with him, he likes too much to put little bridges. »
First goal, broken ankle and arrival in Finistère
At the end of the 2018-2019 season, aged 16 years and 86 days, he plays his first 45 minutes at Celtic Park against Heart of Midlothian (2-1), which allows him to validate a title of champion of Scotland. One match, one title. Good ratio. But his promises do not convince the following season. The club’s instability and poor results left him with only crumbs, and number 77 would have to wait two years and May 2021 to score his first goal when they received Saint Johnstone (4-0). A light ray of sunshine before the storm. As soon as he prepares for the 2021-2022 season, the frail winger breaks his ankle and misses seven months of competition before the end of his contract. Bad timing.
The hourglass has passed and no one sees Karamoko Dembélé as the eighth wonder of the world. Apart from perhaps the leaders of the Stade Brestois, who have formalized this Tuesday the signing of the young man, whose contract was about to expire in Scotland. What if this deal was a good deal for both parties? On the one hand, Karamoko Dembélé will surely gain playing time, and the tip of Finistère looks like the perfect cocoon to flourish, especially since the striker, who speaks French, should have no trouble adapt. On the other hand, the Ti-Zef recover a young player, gratos, who can act as a winger or at the position of number ten. “I like to have fun and give it to the supporters” , said the new Brest number 18, hinting that his love for dribbling could make him the darling of the Francis-Le Blé stadium. In the land of salted butter, it should come as no surprise to see “Kara” in her element.
By Alexandre Le Bris