Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo wants to to leave Parkhead for Toulouse return

By David Walton

June 22, 2021

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo wants to leave the club for Toulouse, according to the French club’s president.

Bayo spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with the Ligue 2 outfit. After a slow start where he only bagged two goals in 12 games, he would bang in 10 goals from January onward [Transfermarkt].

Interestingly, Toulouse president Damien Comolli claimed earlier this month that he was doubtful his club could sign Bayo due to his salary demands [Scottish Sun].

However, it appears it hasn’t stopped them from pressing ahead with an offer. And, as he spoken to supporters about the loan stars who were with the club last season, Comolli claimed Bayo wants to return.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the Toulouse chief simply said: ” Vakoun Bayo wants to stay with us and he has now received our proposal.”

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Celtic shouldn’t keep hold of Vakoun Bayo if his heart is in Toulouse

In order for Celtic striker Bayo to have a successful career here, he needs to want it. Instead it appears that he has his eyes set on a move back to France instead.

You can understand it. He managed to find his form in the second half of the campaign. He’ll fancy doing so for the full season next year and potentially bagging himself a spot in Ligue 1.

Toulouse is the first serious club Bayo has made an impact for. Without being too disrespectful to Dunajska Streda of Slovakia, Bayo will view Toulouse as the club who gave him his big break.

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo scores on loan at Toulouse / (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

And in fairness, the Ivorian didn’t receive much trust during his first 18 months at Celtic Park. Since arriving in January 2019, the towering forward has only been given one start. He’s had 16 cameo appearances, but has never truly been given a run of games.

If Toulouse want him, Celtic should at least attempt to recoup what we paid out on him. At £2m, Toulouse would be getting a centre-forward who has proven experience at Ligue 2 level. A striker who can help shoot them to promotion glory.

And if the player truly does want to leave, it would be the best deal for all parties.

In other news, the Celtic Colts vs Rangers Colts dates have been confirmed this morning.