Bartosz Bereszynski and Omar Colley – two players linked with moves to Celtic this summer – both made their first appearances of the season in Sampdoria’s 3-0 loss at Juventus.
Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX reported several weeks ago that the Hoops were ordering their scouts to gather reports on right-back Bereszynski. As for centre-back Colley, he’s long been linked with a move to Celtic this summer. Sky Sports reported at the start of the month that the club had made an enquiry for the Sampdoria stopper.
However, despite the interest, it’s clear that both remain a part of manager Claudio Ranieri’s plans after they played 90 minutes each away to Juventus yesterday.
They may have lost the game 3-0, but it wasn’t all bad for Colley in particular. Stat-tracking website WhoScored gave him an overall ranking of 6.05 out of 10. As well as that, he had more touches on the ball than any of his Sampdoria team-mates with 65.
Defensively, Colley also shined in stages. The defender managed two successful challenges, two interceptions, and two clearances combined with no fouls whatsoever. Not bad considering he was up against Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
Colley and Bereszynski didn’t shame themselves in Turin
As for Bereszynski, he found himself with a rank of 5.98 out of 10 – not much less than Colley. He managed one successful tackle along with two clearances but zero interceptions. Impressively, he also managed to go through the game without conceding a foul.
The Polish right-back also managed to do some harm going forward. He was fouled on three occasions whilst managing an effort at goal, one key pass, and one important dribble.
Neither man produced a world-class performance, but both of their stats showed they were competent enough against the nine-in-a-row Serie A champions.
As for Celtic, it may be tricky to strike a deal for either if they’re both going to be playing a part for Ranieri this season. Considering they didn’t look out of place in Turin, it bodes well for both moving forward.
It also won’t help us considering it will boost the level of interest in either player if they are indeed available to be bought before the transfer window closes on October.
So whilst both men will feel they put a good shift in yesterday, it perhaps doesn’t bode too well for our own interest in either of them.