£10million Lys Mousset completed his record-breaking move from Bournemouth to Sheffield United today (BBC).
That sentence alone shows exactly why Celtic were right to avoid following up on any deal for him.
It had been reported earlier this summer that Celtic were keen on the French forward. According to the Daily Mail (June 5th, Page 75), the Parkhead side had an offer rejected for Mousset. It apparently involved the swapping of Olivier Ntcham plus cash for Mousset’s services.
Whether that was true or not, Celtic never seemed to follow it up with another offer. And given the fact that Sheffield had to break their own club record to sign him for £10m, his goal return proves we made the right decision.
Debate continues to rage amongst Celtic supporters as to whether Odsonne Edouard has lived up to his £9m billing. And this is one of the more successful signings we’ve made in recent seasons.
Mousset, however, has an absolutely shocking record during his time in British football. He’s made 106 senior club appearances in total over the course of his career. Just 19 goals have been scored during that period. Worse yet, only five have been netted in Britain during his 71 appearances for the Cherries.
£10million Lys Mousset wasn’t worth going for
Sure, Mousset may be a good target-man and is able to bring others into play well. But £10m worth for that? Sounds a bit excessive. Let’s not forget how ruthless it is up here. He would be expected to live up to that billing right away, with barely a moment to settle in.
As mentioned previously, Edouard still has sections in our support who believe we splashed out over the odds for him, however small those sections may be. He ended last season as our top scorer and has proved to be a big-game player during his time at Parkhead.
Let’s also not forget that we also have Vakoun Issouf Bayo to play that target-man role when Neil Lennon sees fit. Celtic are better off trying to work on the Ivorian as opposed to splashing out serious cash on an alternative.
Had Mousset been going for half of the fee he went for, it would’ve maybe been worth a stab. But the £10m Bournemouth have received shows you just how inflated the English market has become. Could you imagine if Mousset had managed 10 goals? His valuation would’ve been through the roof.
If Lennon still wants another forward this summer, there must be alternatives whose stats read much better than Mousset’s.
Consider this a wise decision by Celtic – Mousset clearly isn’t much of a goalscorer.