Celtic-linked Joseph Okumu explains exactly what he wants from summer move
Celtic-linked Kenyan defender Joseph Okumu has stated that he wants regular minutes and development with his new club as he dismissed the prioritisation of wages.
Okumu has been linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs after his agent declared that the likes of Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal were all interested parties. It was also stated that Dortmund were the first to launch an official enquiry [People Daily].
It comes after a big season for the Gent defender after he made 46 appearances in his debut year in Belgium. Okumu also has experience in Sweden with Elfsborg whilst having 15 caps to his name at international level [Transfermarkt].
But despite some of the big clubs linked with the player, Okumu has made it clear that he needs to go somewhere he’ll be playing regularly next season.
Speaking in an interview with Nation Africa, Okumu said: “I don’t want just to move for the sake of moving, it depends with the project.
“I want to make progress, develop and grow to my maximum. The finances matter but it is not just about the finances. I have to get playing time and the surrounding has to be conducive.”
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Interesting that Okumu is bigging up the importance of playing. Not that he’s wrong of course, but because it likely isn’t going to be the case if he moves to the likes of Arsenal or Dortmund.
But there’s also a question to be asked regarding whether Okumu would be a regular at Celtic Park too. After all, Ange Postecoglou has already made it clear that he doesn’t like switching up his centre-backs too often. He has a partnership going between Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt that he evidently trusts.
Pre-season is always going to hand out some opportunities to those the manager brings in this summer. But is he looking for a player that can replace one of his 2 centre-backs or simply someone to just play back-up?
Okumu wouldn’t be interested in the latter, and doesn’t really give off the impression that he’s willing to wait too long for first-team minutes either. Yet, moving to Celtic would give him the platform of playing in the UEFA Champions League whilst he would have a better chance of minutes here than some of the other clubs mentioned.
It’s something for the player to ponder for sure. But if he isn’t putting finances first and foremost, then that should automatically make Celtic a more attractive proposition for him.
All eyes on what he decides next should Celtic indeed make a formal move for the player. He clearly sounds ready for his next big step.