Report: Everton to rival Celtic for Stoke City's Josef Bursik

By David Walton

December 24, 2019

Everton are reportedly keen to put in an offer and take Stoke City’s Josef Bursik, with Celtic also linked with the player.

According to Football Insider, the Premier League outfit are “keen to blow Celtic out of the water”, and they’re keeping tabs on Bursik’s situation with Stoke.

Interestingly, the report states that Bursik has been on the radar of a number of other clubs, but none have been named.

Josef Bursik has played four times for England under-20s (Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The goalkeeper was initially linked to Celtic last week by Football Insider, with the shot-stopper on loan at Accrington Stanley for the remainder of the season.

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Bursik has played the last two matches for Accrington, but didn’t feature in any of their first 19 league matches of the season (Transfermarkt). The shot-stopper is also out of contract at the end of the campaign, meaning that clubs will be free to speak to him from next month onwards.

Would Celtic be the right place for Bursik?

There’s a line in the initial report that is relevant to our own chase for the Stoke City man. Football Insider state that he isn’t keen to return to Stoke and continue playing under-23 football. But that would surely be similar to the case should he sign here.

Bursik has played in Accrington’s last two matches (Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Given his lack of appearances at Accrington this season, it seems unlikely he’s ready to compete for the number one jersey at Celtic. With four appearances for the England under-20 side (Transfermarkt), he clearly has potential of course.

However, Bursik hasn’t played a single game for the Stoke City first-team. He’s still highly inexperienced at senior level, with his three Accrington appearances being his only record in first-team football.

If Everton are to come in with a decent figure and look to go over any bid we make, you won’t find many Celtic supporters crying about it. Bursik is clearly one for the long-term if he signs, and even then we surely have enough long-term goalkeepers to be concerned with.

Neil Lennon will likely be happy with the goalkeepers he currently has at his disposal (Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

As well as Ryan Mullen, Conor Hazard, and Ross Doohan, we also signed young Tobi Oluyawemi in the summer. He’ll be another we’re looking at in the coming years.

So if Bursik has the potential, and he certainly seems to, then you couldn’t blame Celtic for going in for him. But should Everton or any other club swoop in with a decent offer, there’s no real need to go overboard ourselves.