Celtic talent has been left absolutely robbed after Golden Boy snub

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada, incredibly, hasn’t been named as one of the 100 nominees by Tuttosport for the prestigious Golden Boy award.

The competition is set up for journalists to vote on the under-21 players they believe has made the most impact in a European top division. In previous years, the likes of Karamoko Dembele have been named as potential nominees.

Abada, meanwhile, has been making waves in Scotland since his arrival from Maccabi Petah Tikva last summer. In only his first year away from his homeland, Liel has managed to bag 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions [Transfermarkt].

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That means the winger has notched as many as 26 direct goal contributions since signing for the Hoops. Not to mention 7 of them came on the European stage too.

Yet despite those incredible figures and given the fact he’s only 20 years of age, he’s incredibly been overlooked [Tuttosport].

Back in April, it had been shown that Abada was sitting as the 3rd highest under-21 player in Europe when it came to goals and assists combined. Only Vinicius Jr and Joshua Zirkee sat ahead of the Celtic man.

Liel Abada has reason to be scratching his head over Golden Boy omission

Laughably, the list finds room for Rangers loan flop Amad Diallo who ended the 2021/22 campaign with only 3 goals and 0 assists. A player who was totally outshone by Abada and who ended up heading back to Manchester United having made no impact whatsoever. The same goes for Wolves striker Fabio Silva, who scored 0 goals in 26 games last term [Transfermarkt].

It comes across at times as if this list is more to do with a player’s profile than it is their actual footballing performance. As if Instagram followers are just as important as goals and assists.

Nevermind the idea of Abada even being on the list, he should be well in with a chance of being one of the highest voted players. It’s a travesty he’s missed out, and you can only imagine this is an oversight more than anything.

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Regardless, he’ll know himself just how big a season he had at Celtic Park. Ange Postecoglou will know it too after playing a crucial role in securing the double in Glasgow.

Next season, Abada will be entering the UCL and will believe himself to have a big chance of increasing his stock further. Not that he has anything to prove to a Celtic support that know all about his capabilities.

But make no mistake, there’s no reason Liel shouldn’t have been in the discussion for Golden Boy this year. The decision to omit him is absolutely absurd.

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