Celtic loanee Vakoun Bayo was at it again yesterday as he continued his upturn in form for Toulouse.
The Ivorian, who went on a run of 11 outings without a goal, now has five strikes to his name since the turn of the year.
Bayo has been making his mark with the Ligue 2 club on a weekly basis. A major goal in the derby against Bordeaux has been the highlight, but his effort against Amiens in the league yesterday was seriously impressive.
Toulouse had been 2-0 up at the time with Bayo having come on as a 70th-minute sub. But he showed tremendous pace, power, and composure to notch his seventh goal of the campaign. Squeezing in between two Amiens centre-backs, he turned on the jets to motor away from them. With some fine ball control, Bayo then set himself up and poked a fine shot beyond the advancing goalkeeper.
Celtic loanee Vakoun Bayo difficult to ignore
It’ll be interesting to see whether Toulouse pick up their reported option to buy clause in his loan deal. If they do, you wonder whether it may have been a mistake for Celtic to insert it in [Scottish Sun].
The fact he’s taken such a long time to get going could be a saving grace of course. For Bayo is becoming more and more difficult to ignore.
Many will say he perhaps doesn’t suit Celtic’s style. That his hold-up play isn’t the best or that he somehow lacks the pace to play for us. But if there’s something the Ivorian clearly doesn’t lack in the final third, it’s quality. He’s beginning to show there’s a lot more to his game than we’ve seen since he signed in 2018. Funny what happens when players get opportunities.
Bayo has featured 17 times for the Hoops, but it’s when he’s been given starting XI opportunities that he’s really impressed. He’s started twice for Celtic, and on both occasions, he’s either netted or played a major hand in the goals. Against Hearts in August 2019, he played a major role in two goals by forcing errors through his own brute strength.
He then started a Betfred Cup match against Partick Thistle a month later. Another goal and assists followed. After that, he was given nothing but scraps. With Toulouse, he’s proving what he’s all about when given some regular game-time. His effort vs Amiens marked his fifth goal in 10 games [Transfermarkt].
The result moved Bayo’s side to within three points of first-placed Troyes.