Celtic's Benyu joins Helsingborgs and gets Zimbabwe call
Eyebrows will have been raised by some when Kundai Benyu was called up by Zimbabwe.
The African side’s under-23 squad want the Celtic outcast for their Cup of Nations matches.
Furthermore, he has managed to get himself a shock loan move to Sweden with Helsingborgs.
Are the Hoops missing something with the departing midfielder?
Should Celtic look at Benyu again?
On paper, it appears the Hoops gaffer isn’t a fan of the attacking midfielder he brought in 2017.
He is playing very little first team football and got experience out on-loan to Oldham Athletic last season.
Since then, he’s been milling around the reserves and isn’t even close to making the first team squad.
Celtic have an abundance of attacking midfielders, so in fairness it’s been hard to break through.
However, his international call-up presents the question of whether giving the English born player another chance.
ZoomZimbabwe report manager Tonderayi Ndiraya saying: “Having Kundai Benyu available for us is a huge boost for the squad.
“We need our top players, who are based in Europe, to help us and I am delighted Kundai has made himself available for selection.”
Helsingborgs coach Per-Ola Ljung said: “We have an aggressively skilled midfielder who can be used both centrally and on the wing and has the qualities that corresponds to our goals.”
Benyu not unfamiliar with international set-up
This will be his first international match for two years following an appearance for the senior squad in a 2019 AFCON qualifier.
Benyu will find himself a lucky Bhoy to be back in any form of an international set-up.
The under 23 side haven’t played a competitive match since 2015 and have only won one in their last eight.
Ndiraya will be looking for a squad in need of a refreshment and the Helsingborgs man will offer that.
He has been training with experienced players of a much higher calibre and he’ll have learnt a lot from that.
His Celtic career isn’t taking off but he can use this AFCON to boost his international profile and perhaps get a move away from Parkhead.