Celtic’s young Polish striker Patryk Klimala has been a bit of a forgotten man since he made his latest appearance against Motherwell.
The Hoops’ new £3.5million signing, who signed from Jagiellonia Bialystok in January (Scottish Sun), was signed to help aid Odsonne Edouard in delivering goals for the Parkhead side.
However, despite seemingly looking like making an impact during the second half of the campaign, he faded out of the matchday squad almost instantaneously. Indeed, he hasn’t featured in four of our last five league matchday squads (Transfermarkt).
The rise of Leigh Griffiths hasn’t helped of course. Griffiths came totally out of the blue to net eight goals between the end of the winter break and the shutdown of the season over two weeks ago.
Yet even then, we all thought Klimala would’ve played more than the four matches he has done. So far, he’s yet to score with the club, but did bag an assist against Clyde in the Scottish Cup (Transfermarkt).
A chance to get used to everything
It looked almost certain that we weren’t going to see Klimala between the shutdown and the end of the season. With Griffiths and Edouard proving to be a deadly combination together, it was difficult to see an in for the Polish youngster.
However, he could use this extended break to his advantage. By continuing to get used to Scotland, our way of life, and the way in which we play the game, it will hopefully see Klimala ready to make an impact by the time we return to action. Perhaps similarly to how we hoped he would’ve been ready for next season.
It was always going to be difficult for a young man like Klimala, who’s never played outside of Poland, to instantly come to a club like Celtic and make himself a hero. That takes a special kind of talent. But he has to focus on keeping safe, healthy, and adapting to how Celtic play.
If the campaign was to resume in August with a mini pre-season, it could be huge for Klimala. That’s exactly the kind of opportunity he would be screaming out for. It could be the case that he impresses in any tune-up matches and gets more opportunities in the closing weeks of the season than he would’ve done.
Of course, you could say that for any of the fringe players. But Celtic have invested heavily in Klimala. They’ll want to get a return out of him at some stage. If he was to make an impact before the season officially ends, it would go a long way towards justifying his signing in the first place.
Nobody is happy that the season has stopped. But for Klimala, it could prove to be a big chance for him to really prepare for kickstarting his Celtic career.