Report: Celtic "keeping tabs" on Ireland youngster Tyreik Wright

By Euan Davidson

February 10, 2021

Celtic are keeping an eye on Aston Villa youngster Tyreik Wright, according to the Daily Mail.

Wright, signed by the Villains from Irish team Lakewood in 2018, is currently on loan at Walsall. The right-sided winger has two assists in as many games in League Two [Transfermarkt]. The winger’s contract situation also has Everton monitoring the Irish youngster, who is a free agent in the summer [Daily Mail].

Wright’s manager at Walsall, Darrell Clarke, has talked up Wright’s contributions and future.

As quoted by the Express and Star, Clarke said: “Your wide players need to be scoring goals and making assists, not being a luxury without the luxury.

“If things aren’t going well for them going forward, and wide players can be hit and miss, they have to make sure they do the shift for the team defensively.

“Tyreik has energy, pace, and he created the goal at Port Vale with one bit of magic.

“As long as he’s doing the other side of the job he’ll have a good future.”

Ireland youngster Tyreik Wright / (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Celtic and Tyreik Wright speculation makes sense

As we’ve already covered this week, Celtic need right-wingers. While any of the three in this article would be good choices, Tyreik Wright may have the most potential.

Incredibly, Wright has scored five in nine appearances from the wing for the Republic of Ireland U19s. He’s a technically gifted, energetic forward who would be available for next to nothing in the summer.

Wright is only experiencing first-team football now, at the age of 19. While he’s impressed with the Villa U23s, and at youth international level, it’s his sudden development at the professional level that’s most striking.

Speaking about his experience at Walsall so far, Wright said [Express and Star]:

“When I play they told me to go express myself in the final third and play with a smile on my face. That’s what every footballer wants when they go on the pitch, to play with freedom and have no pressure on them.”

Walsall currently sit 11th in Sky Bet League Two. However, if Wright can improve in a tough league, it’ll be the lowest level he ever plays.