Wolfsberger striker Shon Weissman, linked with Celtic this summer, has finished 10th place in the prestigious European Golden Shoe rankings for 2019/20.
Weismann was linked with Celtic back in June, with the Telegraph reporting that the Israeli striker was being looked at as a potential successor to Odsonne Edouard. In more recent times, Wolfsberger president Dietmar Riegler has resigned himself to losing his star-striker (Unterkarntner Nachrichten).
The forward was in blistering form last season, netting 30 goals in 31 games for the Austrian Bundesliga side (Transfermarkt). And his pedigree looks even stronger after finishing as the 10th most prolific hitman in Europe.
The Daily Mirror published a list of the top 10 ranked in the Golden Shoe race, with Weissman’s 30 goals sealing him a place amongst the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, and winner Ciro Immobile respectively.
The rankings, however, don’t necessarily rank in order of the most goals scored. For the Golden Shoe, leagues are ranked into three brackets. For those scoring in one of Europe’s top-ranked leagues, their goals will count for double. The mid-tier leagues have their goals count as 1.5, whilst the lower-ranked leagues have their goals ranked normally, with no added score given for each goal.
An impressive feat
Weissman falls into the mid-tier bracket, with Austrian Bundesliga goals counting for a score of 1.5 per goal. This leaves the Israeli on an impressive score of 45 overall for the 30 goals he scored last season.
This is the kind of achievement that will have many clubs sitting up and taking notice of the forward. With a goal return like that, however, Celtic could seemingly do a lot worse than test the waters for the European hot-shot.
The Telegraph reported that any deal for Weissman would of course only happen if Edouard was for the off. You won’t find a single fan of the Hoops that will want that to happen.
But with the Daily Mail reporting this morning that Celtic are still in the market for another striker, we could do worse than push the boat out and have Weissman here in case the worst were to happen.
For now, that looks some way off. Yet the more you look at his figures and achievements, Weissman starts to look like the real deal.