Genk sporting director, Dimitri De Conde, has stated that Eboue Kouassi has “four months” to prove he can play with them next season.
The Celtic flop, signed by the Hoops for £3million back in January 2017 (Daily Record), sealed a loan move to Genk last week.
The deal was also agreed with Genk having an option to buy at the end of it (BBC), and it looks as though Eboue will be under pressure to perform from the word go.
Speaking to Belgiun outlet Metro, De Conde spoke out on securing Kouassi:
“He now has four months to show what he is capable of and if he will be on our team next year. We have been following him for a long time, at the time when Wilfred Ndidi left. We continued to follow it.
“We recruited him on loan. He now has four months to show the potential that we saw in him at the time. He is very enthusiastic and we hope that this transfer will be an opportunity.
“He started playing there (Celtic), but was immediately injured. As a result, it lags behind physically. He’s a guy with a lot of qualities, but we have to see if we can update him physically.”
De Conde’s comments show exactly where Kouassi stands at Parkhead
Kouassi arrived in Belgium having only made 22 appearances during his three years at Parkhead (Transfermarkt). Considering where he currently sits in the Celtic pecking order, he didn’t look like having much of a future at Celtic anyway.
However, the option to buy combined with De Conde’s comments show exactly what Celtic think of the Ivorian. You also now have to wonder just how long the manager hasn’t had faith in the midfielder.
In fairness to him, he did have a promising spell in the team back in October 2018. That was until he tore his ACL against Hearts and was out for the long-term (Sky Sports). Since then, he hasn’t played a single minute of action.
Even if Kouassi didn’t have the ability at Parkhead, he certainly didn’t have the luck either. He had his chance in the team before injury ripped the opportunity away from him.
Genk, however, are right to play things safe regarding him. He isn’t a player you can put too much faith in at the moment and splash some cash on. He’s only made 41 senior appearances in football (Transfermarkt), and at 22, he would hope to have had more experience by now.
So hopefully things work out for him over the next few months. If there’s one player who deserves it, it’s certainly the former Krasnodar man.