BIG BROTHER DEM­BELE IS A CULT HERO

The Football League Paper - - JOHN RUDDY - By Matt Bad­cock

HIS younger brother Karamoko may be one of foot­ball’s most talked about won­der kids, but Siriki Dem­bele is mak­ing a big name for him­self at Grimsby Town.

The 20-year-old joined the Mariners in the sum­mer af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial and he’s al­ready got sup­port­ers buzzing with ex­cite­ment.

With his front-foot at­tack­ing style, Dem­bele is get­ting fans off their seats and be­com­ing the talk of the town.

It’s not un­usual in the Dem­bele house­hold, how­ever, with 14-year-old Karamoko a Celtic prodigy.

Clips of his pre­co­cious tal­ent swept the in­ter­net, and the London-born tal­ent is the sub­ject of an Eng­land-Scot­land tug-of-war.

Big brother Siriki is al­ways on hand to lend guid­ance and is de­ter­mined to show the ben­e­fits of hard work.

“My youngest brother Has­san is at Celtic, too,” Dem­bele told The FLP. “He’s eight so he’s still got a way to go, but they are both do­ing well.

“Karamoko is a very good player and he’s re­ally fo­cused on be­ing the best. He looks for­ward to ev­ery chal­lenge he has and he’s en­joy­ing it.

“I’m hop­ing I can cre­ate them a good path. I try to help Karamoko in any way pos­si­ble.

“I give him ad­vice ev­ery sin­gle day, to keep him fo­cused on what he’s do­ing and not let any­thing dis­tract him.

“That’s also what I’m try­ing to do here, to keep my head fo­cused on play­ing well for Grimsby. I’ve heard some good things about my per­for­mances but I try not to get too car­ried away.

“I’m just try­ing to keep do­ing what I’m do­ing, if not even bet­ter. It’s just the start. I know I’ve got a long way to go.”

Dem­bele started his youth ca­reer with Dundee United and last sea­son was part of the Nike Academy, who play the likes of Manch­ester City, Liverpool and Barcelona.

In­jury caused a move to to a Cham­pi­onship club to fall through, but this sum­mer he signed his first pro­fes­sional deal with Rus­sell Slade at League Two Grimsby.

“I al­ways be­lieved one day it would come for me,” he said. “My agent Danny Wil­liams has worked so hard to get me this chance at Grimsby so I’m very thank­ful.

“Play­ing in League Two is good be­cause first-team foot­ball is im­por­tant for ev­ery player aged 17, 18, 19, 20. It’s a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, pro­fes­sional, with jobs you have to do on the pitch, but I think I’m adapt­ing to it quite well.

“The fans are un­be­liev­able. I’ve been get­ting a great re­cep­tion and great sup­port from them.

“I’m the type of player who tries to make things hap­pen for the team, to change the game pos­i­tively in any way I can and hope­fully get the fans off their seats.

“The man­ager’s great. He’s given me the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my­self and be a part of this. All the staff and my team­mates been re­ally encouraging, too.”

What about his own role mod­els?

“I’m my own idol but I do ad­mire Cris­tiano,” he said. “It’s not just his foot­ball abil­ity, but his per­son­al­ity and men­tal­ity is un­be­liev­able.

“But I like to play my own way, have a dif­fer­ent style to ev­ery­one and be Siriki Dem­bele.”

BRUV LUV: Siriki Dem­bele and, in­set, Karamoko

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