Ibrahim Keita is currently enjoying another impressive season as he continues to develop and improve at Wolves having first arrived in the Academy from France. The 18-year-old has not only continued to score goals in the Under-18 league, he has also continued to gain plenty of experience at Under-21 level as well as twice being an unused substitute for the first team. His English is also coming along very nicely, but we recently took advantage of a visit from French sports marketing student Alexandre Eustache-Denis to put Ibrahim under the microscope for a quickfire Q&A. Take it away gents......
*Hello Ibrahim. Could you explain to us your footballing background and how you came to be at Wolves?
I come from Vermont a small city in Normandie (North of France), where I started playing football when I was seven years old. After I improved and I made it in a bigger local club - St-Marcel - and after that I went to Evreux. It was there that I started the high level football because I played in the Honors Division. It’s also there that I met my agent, and it was him who presented me to Wolverhampton. I came over for a one week trial with training and games and Wolves were convinced of my potential. I have now been here for three years.
*Why did you choose England?
I liked this country immediately. It was particularly the environment in general when my agent brought me here. After the trial week I wanted to return here as quickly as possible. And now I’ve been living here, with my host family, since my arrival. After training I follow coaching studies, and I’m currently trying to get my driving license. I like the people here, so I’m happy here. But I’m still in contact with my family and my friends in France!
*How has it gone for you this season?
I started the season with the Under 18 team which is my category (I’m just eighteen!) but then I have also started to play with the Under 21s as well. It is worth remembering that Wolves is very famous for its Academy. It is strong, one of the best in England, and many players have gone from the Academy to play in the Premier League. Currently, I’ve scored 11 times during this season. And I’m glad because this year, I have managed to be involved a bit more with the first team, and have been on the substitutes bench. With these first experiences, I’ll be able to understand the pressure when you play such games, even if I was only a reserve. And I also get some advice from players like Nouha Dicko, Bakary Sako and also from all the staff in general, and it allows me to grow.
*Do you play with the French team ?
I have played with the Under-16 team against Italy but since then I haven’t featured at national level. I would like to if I can get another chance.
*What are the advantages and disavantadges in this job?
The most important is you do the thing you love the most. And that you have a chance to play football all the time, it’s the best thing. That can sometimes be a disadvantage too because it has to be everything that you do, training every day and resting afterwards. Because of that I don’t have a lot of time to myself but I don’t mind because football is my big ambition.
*How do you feel at the moment about the future?
I still feel great, and really enjoy being at Wolves. And I really hope to maybe play next year with the first team!