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Former Man City and Southampton player joins non league side after Championship trials

A former Man City and Southampton player has surprised many as he joins a non league side after having some Championship trials.

Defender Pascal Kpohomouh recently spent time at Derby County, Middlesbrough and Stoke City since leaving Southampton at the end of last season.

But now he has dropped down the leagues in favour of a move to Southern League Premier Division South outfit Weston-super-Mare.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to announce that centre-back Pascal Kpohomouh has put pen to paper with the club following his departure from Southampton this summer.

Pascal grew up in Manchester and was a part of the Manchester City Academy up until the age of 16, before making the move to Southampton.

The 19-year-old has also represented England at under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels.

On securing Pascal’s signature, Manager Scott Bartlett said: We are delighted Pascal is on board, we have needed to strengthen defensively because of the injury to Chris Knowles and Pascal is a great addition.

“He comes to us with a fantastic pedigree having represented Manchester City and Southampton as well as England but like so many young players, he needs a break to get him back into full-time football when the right opportunity presents itself.

“Personally, I love the fact he wants to come here, roll his sleeves up and get games under his belt because if he gets that experience, he will have everything he needs to progress.

“In 2016/17 we signed Rollin Menayese who was in a very similar situation. He came to us, got the experience he needed and had progressed into a Football League player. There is no reason once he settles in, Pascal can’t do the same”.

About Pascal

The young defender began his career within the youth ranks at Manchester City before joining Southampton in 2018, beginning a two-year scholarship with the under-18s on the south coast.

He signed his first professional contract with the Saints in September 2018, a day after his 17th birthday, and the defender went on to captain the under-18s at St Marys on multiple occasions over the next two seasons. He progressed into the under-23s for the 2020-2021 season after sporadically appearing for them during his scholarship, before leaving the club in the summer of 2021 after his contract expired.

Since leaving Southampton, Pascal has played on trial for the likes of Derby County, Middlesbrough and Stoke City in the summer of 2021.

He has also been recognised on the international stage, featuring for England under-16s, under-17s and under-18s. He scored one goal for the under-17s while also earning four caps for the under-18s, in which he played alongside the likes of Premier League and international stars Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Curtis Jones. The defender is also eligible to represent Guinea internationally.

The club are delighted to welcome Pascal to the club and wish him the best of luck in a Weston shirt.

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Fans reacted when seeing that the former Man City and Southampton player joins non league side Weston-super-Mare after having Championship trials…

@HamdonMart: That’s a very, very good signing.

@SHardcastle58: Great signing

@JackPritchard37: Welcome Pascal 👍🏻

@SWS1948: Very warm welcome to the club Pascal! 😁

@_Joe_Moon_: Incredible signing for WSM

@SeagullArmy1948: Welcome Pascal! 🙌🏻

@jamie230268: After watching against Merthyr, Weston could do with a centre back to command the area, hopefully on paper signing looks excellent

Dean Smith: Lad looks a machine hope he performs likewise 👍

Adrian Grabarski: #meanmachine welcome to the club!

Andy Latchford: Who else is looking forward to Tim Clarke trying to pronounce his name over the PA system. 😀

Matt Thompson: Derby, Stoke and Middlesbrough were after him, but he came to us 💪

William Tallon: Don’t understand why it’s getting bad comments. What a unbelievable addition to Weston seagulls should be chuffed with someone with this kinda ability playing for there club.😉 He Will make the transfer fees on shirt 👕 sales alone anyways be thankful 🤣😂🤣 I’m Intrigued to know now so will come watch a game this season to see what level and standards this division has to offer.

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