Youssouf Mulumbu’s stint at Kilmarnock has certainly been an ideal move for him, but he’s failed to really stand out.
Off the bat, that’s not to say he hasn’t done well. The Congolese midfielder has been part of a midfield trio in recent weeks involving any combination of Gary Dicker/Alan Power/Aaron Tshibola alongside him.
The former and current Killie star has made nine appearances since his January move. Five of them, however, have come in just over the last month. Mulumbu has finally made himself a key cog in Killie’s midfield again, and has helped to restrict the opposition to few chances.
In Mulumbu’s last five appearances for Killie, opposition sides have only netted twice. He continues to do well at a place he clearly feels comfortable at. But, at the same time, he hasn’t stood out the way he did when Celtic snapped him up last summer.
Instead, he’s been part of a solid unit that are more of a standout as a team as opposed to individual brilliance. To say he could make the same impact here is questionable.
Nowhere near first-choice
Mulumbu went to Ayrshire with only three Celtic appearances to his name. He was being overlooked by the likes of Eboue Kouassi too – showing just how far down the pecking order he was.
It was generally accepted that he would need to have a stunning loan spell in Ayrshire to catch Celtic’s eye. But he hasn’t done.
Steve Clarke interestingly said a couple of weeks ago that Mulumbu wasn’t fit when he arrived at Killie. That came in an interview with the BBC after their 2-0 win over St Johnstone.
That was poor to find out. It possibly explains why he was hardly given a chance at Parkhead, and it doesn’t say a lot about how he will be viewed when he returns this summer.
When Mulumbu signed, he penned a two-year contract. Therefore, he does still, in theory, have a pre-season in which to try and impress. But he’s featured so few times for the club that it’s difficult to see any way he breaks through ahead of the likes of Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, or even Olivier Ntcham.
Is Mulumbu’s time here up? His loan spell hasn’t been anything spectacular. Give us your opinions in the comments below.