Stoke City: Abdallah Sima’s difficult adaptation to England

Well, if he was a hit and surprised his world last season in the jersey of Slavia Prague, Abdallah Sima is going through a rather hard period and is experiencing great difficulties in adapting to English football.

When Abdallah Sima officially signed for Brighton & Hove Albion, during the last hours of the last summer transfer window, and left on loan at Stoke City, he certainly did not imagine that his debut at this English club would be so complicated. Shortly after his arrival, when he hadHe didn’t make the best possible summer preparation with Slavia Prague, he suffered an ankle injury.

Although he is still in poor shape and is still lagging behind with physical problems, the former Thonon Évian Grand Genève player is slow to find his place in the Potters team. There is no doubt that the 20-year-old winger still retains his good qualities, but for the inStill, he did not at all feel the best climate of a competition in which the frantic pace leaves no choice to reflect.

Since his arrival in Stoke City, Abdallah Sima has played only 123 minutes divided into a start and three as a substitute (two in the Championship and two in the League Cup). The now Senegalese international (four caps) made his debut against Barnsley on September 15, 2021, before continuing, three days later, withc a start against Derby County, in what was his most successful game so far.

Physically and even after being spared injuries, Abdallah Sima does not look ready to play a full game anytime soon as he is well below the pace of his teammates, who have had a long and intense pre-season. Beyond the physical question, the coach of StOke City, Michael O’Neill, is undoubtedly obliged to integrate him little by little into a group decimated by injuries.

In the absence of an early departure for Brighton

Abdallah Sima’s impressive performances with Slavia Prague the late season (16 goals, 7 assists in 39 games in all competitions) earned him his transfer to England. If West Ham was in the best position to sign him due to the excellent relationship between the Hammers and the Czech club, it is finally Brighton which spends nearly seven million euros to secure its services.

But in the wake of this recruitment, which is certainly in the long term, the team coached by Graham Potter had chosen to send the 20-year-old on loan to Bet365 Stadium to allow him to familiarize himself with the rhythm of English football. . Current Premie ninthsr League, the Seagulls were also hoping for a rapid progression for Sima in a team that aims to regain the elite.

But the handbrake adaptation of the former darling of Slavia Prague supporters could lead to a rather than expected arrival in Brighton. Reports from England indicate that Abdallah Sima could therefore be recalled to Falmer Stadium at the end of the next transfer window in January. By then, Sima should try to regain his former level to hope to be summoned by Aliou Cissé for CAN 2021.

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