The Ismaila Soro speculation that’s been doing the rounds today opens up big questions about the position of Eboue Kouassi at Celtic.
The Daily Record reported earlier on that the Bnei Yehuda star’s manager, Elisha Levy, confirmed that the club had agreed a fee with the Hoops.
The Record believes he’s valued at around £2million, and he would come to Celtic as a highly-rated Ivorian who plays primarily as a defensive-midfielder.
However, don’t we already have one of those? That’s exactly what Kouassi was supposed to represent when he signed from Krasnodar in January 2017. Yet, fast forward three years and the midfielder has only managed to play 22 times for Celtic (Transfermarkt).
As it stands, Kouassi is behind the likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, and Nir Bitton to name a few. Adding Soro to that list would be hugely detrimental to his chances here.
You can’t be blamed for forgetting he was still here
You could actually be forgiven for having already given up on Kouassi’s hopes of making it at Parkhead. After all, when you’ve been at the club for three years and still yet to make an impact, question marks are always going to be there.
It perhaps would’ve been an idea for Celtic to send Kouassi over to Bnei Yehuda either on loan or in a swap deal. The midfielder simply has to start playing games, and he won’t get that chance at Parkhead.
And the Soro signing would be the most telling signing possible regarding Kouassi’s future. Soro would effectively be coming in to fill the role Kouassi was supposed to. If that doesn’t tell you everything about his chances of making it here, nothing will.
You can say that Kouassi has been unfortunate in spells at Parkhead. He was on a positive run of form last season before tearing his ACL. It pretty much summed up his time here overall.
But if the Soro deal gets over the line, you just can’t see where his countryman fits in here. He would be expected to be one of the next pieces of deadwood to head out the exit door.
Of course, nothing is confirmed regarding the Bnei Yehuda man. But even if there has been solid interest, it doesn’t say much for Kouassi’s current influence or prospects at the club.