According to a report in The Sun (UK edition 4 April, page 61), Celtic-linked Jesurun Rak-Sakyi will see Premier League minutes this season.
With Roy Hodgson likely to step aside in the summer, and Crystal Palace in a position of relative safety [Premier League], the Eagles can experiment. This involves Tayo Adaramola and Jesuran Rak-Sakyi, the former of whom is a star at youth level for Ireland.
Earlier this year, we shared that Rak-Sakyi was an out-of-contract option for the Bhoys. Celtic had been tentatively linked with Rak-Sakyi [Daily Mail], with clubs in Germany and England also interested. Hodgson could be keen to see his club ensure the long-term futures of their youth prospects, by offering first-team minutes. Given the success of Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka over recent seasons, the club’s Academy is reaping rewards.
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has directly contributed to 9 goals in 11 Premier League 2 matches [Transfermarkt]. A versatile attacking threat who can play as a 10 or on the wings, he’s a sought-after prospect. The attacker turned down a professional contract from Crystal Palace in March [Daily Mail].
Hodgson, himself the oldest manager in the Premier League, has an ageing squad. The mission, from his point of view, seems to introducing younger players to serve as a kind of legacy. Both Rak-Sakyi and Adaramola are hotly-tipped, and a big part of that contingency plan.
For all Celtic are linked to Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, this looked like a Nick Hammond rumour
Given the recent transfer speculation surrounding Celtic, primarily involving English development talents, the departure of Nick Hammond may effect things here.
The likes of Liam Shaw, Kwadwo Baah, Alfie Doughty and Kyle Joseph have all been linked in the past. It was easy to tie this speculation to Hammond. His breadth of contacts and knowledge within the English game would suggest that. However, Hammond has left the building.
Truthfully, we don’t know how concrete Celtic’s interest in the Crystal Palace younger is, any more. However, if Celtic are indeed keen on the attacker, they’ll need to move soon. A professional appearance will only drive up his value.
A left-footed attacking player, Rak-Sakyi would have little difficulty emerging in a new manager’s plans. Celtic have little depth on the left-side of the pitch. A left-footed number 10, a la Ryan Christie, is an interesting squad option at the very least. If he can impress in the Premier League, though, then it might be beyond the Bhoys.