Celtic find themselves in an interesting position right now following the exit of Jota. On one hand, they have brought in a €30 million transfer fee. That represents one of the biggest moves in Scottish football history. But on the other hand, the Hoops have lost one of their most important players, someone who was a nailed on starter for them over the past two seasons and raised his game on the big occasions.
Thus, Celtic will need to replace Jota. And ideally, they will bring in someone who is ready to take his place in the starting XI from the get go.
One name that has been suggested in that regard is Mohamed Elyounoussi. The Norwegian international spent a couple of seasons on loan at Celtic, from Southampton. This summer, he is available as a free agent.
As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Anthony Joseph said about Elyounoussi potentially making a return to Celtic:
“He’ll be on Celtic’s radar. I’m sure he’d love a return to Celtic as well. They could do worse than signing Elyounoussi again.
“He’s probably more of a Brendan Rodgers-type player than a Ange Postecoglou player. He’s got great technical ability and is quite a tricky player. But he’s one of those wingers that likes to cut in and create rather than being a direct winger.”
£16 million player linked with return to Celtic this summer
Elyounoussi is someone who has shown in the past that he can produce the numbers in Scotland. In fact, it feels like his contributions during his loan spell go under the radar because his best performances came during the 2020/21 campaign, in which the Hoops finished trophyless and 25 points behind the Rangers.
He was one of the shining lights during that season though and his overall numbers for the club are solid. According to stats from Transfermarkt, Elyounoussi scored 24 goals and provided 14 assists in 67 appearances and 3999 minutes of football for Celtic.
That is excellent and the Hoops could do much worse than bringing in a player of that quality as a free agent. He is 28 years of age and pretty much in his prime right now. Also, he is the type of player, who could potentially fit into Brendan Rodgers’ vision and style of football.
- Published on 07/05/2023 at 21:00 PM
- Last updated at 07/05/2023 at 21:03 PM
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