Eboue Kouassi’s future at Celtic couldn’t look more non-existent these days.
In two months’ time, it will be three years since we signed the midfielder. He only signed a four-year deal when he arrived too, so it won’t be long until it’s time for his contract to run out.
Over the last week, Football Insider has claimed that the player has told his agent to find him a new club in January. Whether that’s true or not, that’s exactly what Kouassi has to do to get his career back on track.
Sure, we all know he’s had his injury problems. But he was reported to have been back in training since July after a long-term knee problem (Scottish Sun). Since then, he hasn’t even managed to be a part of a single matchday squad this season. We’ve had 27 of them too, so that’s a concern.
Still no sign of Kouassi getting game-time
We’re now nearly half-way through the campaign and Kouassi hasn’t played any part. If he goes through the festive season still having not been part of a squad, it tells its own story. In fact, Kouassi’s last matchday appearance came back in October 2018 against Hearts at Murrayfield. Over a year ago.
Much of that has of course been down to his cruciate ligament injury, but it shows how long he’s been out of the picture at Celtic Park.
If you take a glance at his competition too, there’s no way that Kouassi should be anywhere near the team either. Outside of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, we also have Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, and Luca Connell in the running.
Kouassi’s game-time here shouldn’t ever improve until he’s managed to get at least six months’ worth of regular game-time elsewhere. Only then will we all be able to see what he can potentially do in a Celtic jersey.
Celtic will probably do well to find a fellow Premiership team to take him for an extended period of time. After all, nobody in Scotland outside of those who watch him at Lennoxtown knows what he’s all about. He also doesn’t have enough pedigree to go on either given his only previous club was Krasnodar.
Kouassi, if he’s to ever have some sort of future here, has to make an impression away from Parkhead. Another six months of being out of action won’t do him any favours.