Manchester City’s Ian Poveda looks like he may very well be the ideal candidate to sort out a long-term Celtic problem.
The Daily Express claimed a couple of days ago that the Hoops were interested in the City starlet. However, despite competition from Leeds United for his signature, the Express believes that Torino are the favourites to nab him.
Poveda is out of contract in the summer (Transfermarkt). What that means is that Celtic can likely land the England under-20 international on a cut-price deal this month if we move quickly. The Express reported that City have no plans to renew the attacker’s contract.
He’s also managed to taste senior football with the Citizens too. Poveda came on for City against Burton Albion back in September in the EFL Cup. He also managed to make their squad for the next round against Southampton too.
What issue can Poveda fix?
Last night in our match against Partick Thistle, we didn’t have one single right-mid on the bench. James Forrest was out with injury, whilst Marian Shved was still nowhere to be seen.
It left us with the likes of Callum McGregor, Jonny Hayes, and Daniel Arzani available who could all feature on the left side, but nothing down the right.
You can also see how Jeremie Frimpong struggles without a winger to help him out. It’s too much responsibility for him to tackle the entire right side on his own just now. Combine that with our general lack of competition for James Forrest and it’s a clear concern.
Poveda has regularly been used as a left-winger for City’s development squad, but he has the ability to play down the right or even up front. His style is eerily similar to that of Patrick Roberts, using a low centre of gravity and quick feet to weave past players.
In addition to that, his passing range looks tremendous for a youngster. With an eye for a killer-ball, it would be ideal to have him fighting for a place at Parkhead.
As the season goes on, Frimpong is going to need help down the right. Should Forrest continue to pick up knocks, it would be ridiculous for us to not have an alternative ready. With Poveda still looking for a club to take a chance on him, Celtic should be that option.
Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata, and Roberts have all proven that the path from Manchester to Parkhead leads to fruitful results. Poveda looks cut from the same cloth. It remains to be seen if we make an effort to sign him, but we should certainly consider it..