Patryk Klimala’s scoring record is certainly one of the main question marks that hover over his imminent move to Celtic.
The Jagiellonia Bialystok striker reportedly had a medical today after jetting in last night to seal a £3.5million move to Parkhead (Daily Mail).
However, despite the excitement of Klimala potentially being our first signing in January, not all fans are buzzing. The main concern seems to be regarding the striker’s goal record.
So far this season, Klimala has netted seven goals in 18 appearances. Last term, he only bagged a worrying four goals in 29 matches too (Transfermarkt). He’s yet to have a seriously prolific season, and that lack of pedigree seems to have irked some in our support.
But that’s not to say that Klimala can’t develop into a ruthless finisher in Scotland. If anything, the proof that he shouldn’t be ruled out is sitting right under our nose.
Our first-choice striker came to Celtic with no pedigree
Odsonne Edouard, the man Klimala will be tasked with easing the pressure on, arrived at Celtic from PSG on a season-long loan in the 2017/18 season. He ended it having bagged three Glasgow derby goals and having made a telling contribution in the title-race.
These days, he’s one of the best young strikers in European football. He’s bagged 16 goals and 15 assists already this season, and has also scored a stunning 11 goals for the France under-21 team (Transfermarkt).
Yet, when he arrived at Parkhead he didn’t have anything more than one senior goal to show for his efforts. And that’s not to say he didn’t have any previous chances either. Indeed, French Eddy spent a season with Toulouse, and he only managed to net once in 17 appearances (Transfermarkt).
You could be forgiven for not remembering, but there was a time when many didn’t rate Edouard. He was the third-choice striker at the club behind Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths for a period. Yet all he needed was an opportunity, and he proved that he had more than enough to be a success in Scotland.
Since then, Eddy has come on leaps and bounds. Why can’t the same be done with Klimala? After all, he still has 24 goals to his name in senior football. He’s hardly bereft of talent when it comes to finding the net.
It’s vital that we, as Celtic supporters, don’t put any further unnecessary pressure on the youngster. If Celtic have seen enough of him to think he’s worth going for, we have to back them. The club and management will live and die by its decisions. We have to be as supportive as we can in the meantime.
Sure, it’s always nice to sign someone with great pedigree in terms of sticking the ball in the net. But French Eddy is living proof that it’s not the be-all and end-all