Patryk Klimala's MLS debut impresses after recent Celtic switch

By David Walton

May 16, 2021

Patryk Klimala’s MLS debut finally came about last night as the Poland under-21 international bagged 45 minutes for New York Red Bulls.

Klimala left Celtic just under a month ago to sign with the USA side in a major move for the striker. After failing to nail down a regular spot at Parkhead, the Pole became one of the first victims of the Parkhead rebuild.

Celtic would end up raking in a fine fee for him of course. It was reported that the Hoops managed to bank £3.5million for the deal [Sky Sports]. This made Klimala the most expensive striker New York Red Bulls have ever purchased [Transfermarkt].

And after almost a month of waiting, Paddy finally made his debut last night. New York took the trip to Philadelphia Union. Klimala was brought on at half-time with his new side 1-0 down. There would be no debut goal for him, but NYRB’s Twitter account certainly admired the work rate he was putting in:

Indeed, that cross from Klimala in the video above would be the only real opportunity New York had. Even though the game ended in a 1-0 defeat, the striker will surely have been satisfied with his own individual display.

Patryk Klimala’s MLS debut proves to be a productive one

It’s not stretching it to say that Patryk was NYRB’s most productive forward player on the pitch in the second half. Stat experts WhoScored ranked him with a 6.5/10 overall – a fine total for a second-half substitute.

He managed to fire in two efforts on goal including one on target. He also had a couple of successful dribbles to his name and a total of 20 touches. His hard-work was noticeable as he pressed and harried the Philadelphia backline to try and get his side back into the game.

It wouldn’t prove to be a dream debut for the Pole, however. Due to a lack of inspiration in behind him, chances were at a premium for him. He’ll be needing his team-mates to make massive improvements in that regard in the coming weeks.

Patryk Klimala with ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Patryk, even in one half of football, looks suited to MLS. He has the energy, pace, and a sound level of technical ability that will carry him well there. With two wins and three defeats in their opening five games, they’re hardly off to a disastrous start.

Hopefully, Klimala proves to be the goalscorer they so badly need. Paddy certainly deserves a bit of luck given his lack of minutes at Parkhead.

In other news, Albian Ajeti’s absence in recent weeks is a bad look ahead of the summer.