Celtic-linked Omar Colley scores and shines for Sampdoria; disastrous comeback overshadows it

By David Walton

September 27, 2020

Celtic-linked Omar Colley managed to score and impress for Sampdoria, but an incredible comeback from Benevento ensured it was a bitter Saturday for him.

Colley managed to score a lovely glancing header to put Claudio Ranieri’s men 2-0 up after only 18 minutes. However, a goal before half-time and two in the final 20 minutes ensured that Benevento secured a shock 3-2 win in their Serie A meeting yesterday.

The Gambian defender has been linked with a move to Celtic throughout the summer (Daily Record). But he’s now played 90 minutes in both of Sampdoria’s matches this term against Juventus and Benevento respectively. Sampdoria have yet to pick up their first points of the Serie A season. Regardless, you can watch Colley’s goal below:


Despite the defeat however, Colley was, statistically, Sampdoria’s most impressive player on the night.

Stat-tracking website WhoScored gave him an overall rating of 7.41 out of 10. The next closest to him in that sense was fellow goalscorer Fabio Quagliarella, who was given a 7.14.

Another busy afternoon for Colley

Colley’s impressive numbers don’t just end with his overall rating however. He also managed one challenge, three interceptions, five clearances, and three blocked shots.

That also isn’t including the fact that Colley managed to go through the entire game without committing a single foul. He managed to do the exact same in Turin against Juventus last week in not giving any free-kicks away. Colley certainly isn’t coming across as clumsy.

As an individual, it would appear that the centre-back has actually had a decent start to the campaign if you take away the overall team results.

Sampdoria defender Omar Colley / (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Then again, as part of a back-line that has now conceded six goals in two games, Colley will have to take some of that burden of responsibility. Two games and no wins so far for the Gambian, but it’s early days yet.

With no guarantees yet regrding Kristoffer Ajer’s future, it’s worth continuing to keep an eye on the likes of Colley and how he starts the season. So far, he’ll surely have mixed feelings.

In other news, one big injury doubt for Celtic ahead of Rangers’ visit could open up a big opportunity.