Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that he is keen on signing a winger or two before the transfer window shuts on September 2nd, and it seems the Hoops could make a move for Everton’s Yannick Bolasie.
The Scottish champions have been named as one of three teams who are interested in the 30-year-old, who is deemed surplus to requirements at Goodison Park. Reports suggest that Celtic are vying with Rennes and Besiktas for the player’s signature.
Here are three reasons why the club may be considering Bolasie:
1) He is direct and is comfortable on the ball
Bolasie averaged 9.93 dribbles per match last season out on loan at both Aston Villa and Anderlecht. The only player in the Celtic squad who could match those numbers last campaign was Lewis Morgan (10.71), who was playing for Sunderland in the English third tier at the time.
The Congolese international also made more crosses (5.9) per 90 minutes than any player that the Hoops currently have at their disposal.
2) Bolasie would add an extra option on the left
Clearly, Neil Lennon is not a fan of Scott Sinclair. He left him out of the squad for the game against Cluj, expecting the 30-year-old to be sold before the English transfer window shut.
Even though he has stayed at Parkhead, and came on as a substitute against Motherwell at the weekend, Lennon may still be looking for a replacement. Currently, Mikey Johnston is the only other winger who prefers the left flank, with Morgan, James Forrest and Marian Shved all favouring the right-hand side.
3) He won’t cost a great deal to sign
Bolasie has reportedly already turned down a loan switch to CSKA Moscow. The deal was reportedly a temporary move, with an option to buy for £5m. Such a transfer would likely attract Celtic to making an offer.
It is low risk and they can send him back to Everton if it doesn’t work out. If it does go to plan, they can sign him next summer. The 30-year-old has been blighted by injuries in recent years so it could be a good idea.
Bolasie does have the potential to be a good buy as well. At Anderlecht last campaign, he scored six goals and provided three assists in 17 appearances. If he could replicate those numbers at Celtic, the Hoops would have picked up a decent signing.