David Turnbull’s stats simply must make him one of Celtic’s top transfer targets this summer.
As many now know, Celtic have been reported to have had an offer of possibly £2million rejected for him (BBC). Disappointingly, however, the club apparently weren’t happy with that going public, and could look at other options (Scottish Sun). The Daily Record, meanwhile, stated that there was a “gulf” between our valuation of the player and Motherwell’s.
There has been no further activity on the Motherwell midfielder as it stands. But the truth is, when you look at what he’s done in his breakthrough season at Fir Park it proves that he isn’t just any regular Premiership player.
Turnbull has bagged a fantastic 16 goals and even secured seven further assists. If we’re looking at stats alone, that’s an incredible return playing with a club like Motherwell.
And when you compare it to our own attacking midfielders, it dwarfs some of our own numbers.
For example, many would consider Ryan Christie to have had an incredible breakthrough campaign in Glasgow. He’s brought plenty of fresh flair, energy, and end-product to Parkhead. But in saying that, he’s also managed just 11 goals and nine assists. That’s a fine return considering it was November time in which he started getting game-time.
Turnbull wins the stats game
But many will easily forget that Turnbull only came into the picture for Motherwell at the start of November too. Turnbull also ended the season having played four games less than Christie, yet dwarfs him in the stats.
Tom Rogic, many of whom would agree is our most creative player, also played one more game than Turnbull this season, yet only managed five goals and six assists.
Player of the Year contender Callum McGregor managed a sensational 59 appearances for Celtic alone this year. He scored six goals, although did produce with an emphatic 16 assists. McGregor, however, is the only one of our midfielders who can really compare to Turnbull stats wise.
This isn’t a means to put any of our current stars down. We all know what Rogic, Christie, McGregor etc are capable of going forward. But it simply proves that Turnbull isn’t one to just turn the nose up at either.
He’s a serious goal threat, and has been dominating the midfield consistently for Motherwell. The fact he’s managed to build up such an incredible number of goals and assists for a bottom-six Premiership side tells you this is more than a decent player.
Turnbull could be something special, and pushing the boat out to sign him would be a fantastic bit of business for Celtic.