Celtic target Alfie Doughty caught the eye of both spectators and statisticians last night despite his Charlton side going down 3-0 to West Ham.
Doughty started against the Premier League club and played the full 90 minutes too in the Carabao Cup clash.
His appearance came after Celtic were reportedly preparing to launch a third bid in the region of £800k for his services (Scottish Sun).
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has confirmed the Hoops’ interest in the past too, telling London News Online: “We did turn down an offer from Celtic.”
But the speculation didn’t negatively affect his performance last night. The winger was ranked by stat experts WhoScored as Charlton’s best player on the night. Doughty bagged a score of 6.81 against the Premier League oufit.
West Ham featured the likes of Felipe Anderson, Sebastian Haller, Manuel Lanzini, and Andriy Yarmolenko too. It wasn’t a weak side that Davie Moyes put out.
Yet Doughty still managed to get himself 55 touches of the ball – the most of any of Charlton’s alternative attacking options. The winger also managed a 77.8 passing percentage, with nine crosses sent from him into the West Ham box.
The Addicks man was certainly productive, and it appears he also impressed some onlookers as well. Indeed, West Ham, Charlton, and Celtic fans all chipped in with some positive comments on him:
Alfie Doughty playing well for Charlton against West Ham despite being 2 down.
— CC (@TheLeatherBelts) September 15, 2020
West Ham 2-0 up but Charlton didn’t play badly at all. Punished for 5 minutes of real panic, but looked equal after conceding the second. Not creating much, but the game is not over yet.
— Benjy Nurick (@BenjyNurick) September 15, 2020
Really?!? 800k, Jesus West Ham be foolish not to take advantage of that even if put straight back out on loan. He’s a cracking player really composed on the ball.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) September 15, 2020
What a player Doughty is. Running rings round West Ham
— soverncomfort 🔴⚪ #saveCAFC (@soverncomfort) September 15, 2020
Proving he’s ready for the step-up
So another positive display from Doughty to add to his opening-day goal against Crewe at the weekend.
It’s early days yet, but the winger is providing some evidence that he’s ready for a step-up in class.
Celtic would certainly offer him that, with a constant demand to perform as opposed to what he experiences in League One, as well as potential Europa League action.
The fact he’s managing to show up well against Premier League talent is a boost for the Hoops. It shows what kind of player we could be getting if we manage to wrap this one up soon.
Of course, it’s one game against higher-class opposition. Nobody is pretending this means he’ll thrive on a weekly basis for Celtic. However, it bodes well when it comes to how he adapts to a higher-quality level of player, particularly in Europe.
Next up for him is a home clash against Doncaster at the weekend.
Whether he’s still a Charlton player by then, of course, is highly debatable.