Iceland international Bodvar Bodvarsson has bigged up incoming Celtic man Patryk Klimala, whilst also labeling the Hoops as a “huge club”.
Celtic are reportedly close to making their first signing of the January window in Klimala (Daily Mail). The Poland Under-21 international is a team-mate of Bodvarsson at Jagiellonia Bialystok.
Bodvarsson, who has been capped three times by Iceland, has been with Jagiellonia since 2018, and has therefore been able to see the rise of Klimala first-hand.
And speaking in the Herald, he urged Celtic to show patience with their new man.
“I’m really happy for him because he’s worked really hard to get to a massive club like Celtic. So I can’t say anything other than that I’m pleased for him. Obviously it could be better for us.
“I think it’s important at any new club to give yourself time to adapt. If I were a Celtic fan I would give Patryk some time because he needs a chance to get used to the new coach, new teammates, and the physical aspect of the league and everything like that.
“If there is patience. he will do well but hopefully he can do well straight away.”
The call for patience is the correct one
Bodvarsson is spot on to encourage patience. It’s important to give a youngster like Klimala the time to adapt to a totally new environment in the Scottish Premiership.
We all hope he’ll come in and hit the ground running, but we all know how it can be with centre-forwards. Some have their minds made up if they don’t score on their debut. Klimala’s goal record doesn’t suggest that he’ll just come in and suddenly light things up on that front.
We need to be looking for an impact from him in terms of his all-round play. If Neil Lennon decides to go with a 3-5-2, his role must be to ease the pressure on Odsonne Edouard.
Of course it remains to be seen where Klimala fits into Neil Lennon’s plans. After all, we still have two other centre-forwards at the club who’ll have something to say about his inclusion ahead of them.
We have to hope that Klimala’s arrival will also bring out the best in players such as Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo. In a way, it’ll be a great tester for them and their own mentality.
But patience will be key as we wait to see what kind of impact Klimala makes. With a bit of luck, we won’t have to wait too long before his influence is shown.