Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has been pictured back in training for Toulouse as he looks to get his season up-and-running again.
Bayo was shipped out to the Ligue 2 club in the summer in a bid to kick-start his career after he had dropped down to fifth choice at Parkhead. Things had started well too after a brace in his debut vs Grenoble.
However, whilst that looked like it was going to spark a huge revival for Bayo in France, nothing came of it. He hasn’t scored in any of his five games since then and then picked up a nasty thigh tear last month (La Depeche)
Thankfully, it looks as though the Ivorian is all but set to put that behind him after he returned to first-team training with the rest of his Toulouse team-mates yesterday:
Absent depuis le 17 octobre pour cause de blessure, 🇨🇮 Bayo Vakoun a retrouvé l’entraînement collectif aujourd’hui avec Toulouse. C’est Touba qui va bien dormir aujourd’hui 😃. #NosInternationaux pic.twitter.com/lWAqN4E3uF
— Le Kpakpato Sportif (@LKsportif) November 16, 2020
Bayo needs to get back on the goal trail and soon
If there’s one thing that Bayo has had this season then it’s opportunities. Whilst many of his defenders (including myself) at Parkhead would always be hesitant to criticise due to his lack of game-time, he’s now playing regularly in France.
To have five more starts and not find the net isn’t the kind of return that’s going to be capturing Neil Lennon’s attention this season either.
The Ivorian centre-forward set himself a target of getting Toulouse promoted as well as bagging 15-20 goals (Toulousefc.com). Considering he’s only on two goals and Toulouse sit ninth after the opening 10 games, there’s plenty of work still to be done this term for those ambitions to be realised.
Bayo was signed by Brendan Rodgers back in January 2019 when he arrived from Dunajska Streda. However, since then, he hasn’t been able to kick on in Glasgow and has slowly dropped down the pecking order.
He was given a handful of opportunities by Lennon last season, but a consistent run of first-team starts still eluded him despite several goals against the likes of Partick Thistle and Hearts respectively.
Now, he’s at a delicate stage of his career, and this move to Toulouse simply needs to be the making of him.