Vakoun Bayo’s future at Parkhead hasn’t looked great since Celtic announced Patryk Klimala’s signing, and the Ivorian now reportedly wants a temporary move.
According to the Scottish Sun, Brendan Rodgers signing Bayo has asked Celtic to leave on loan. The £2m (Glasgow Times) man hasn’t managed to make an impact this season. He’s only scored one goal and has recently been frozen out after recovering from injury.
The Sun states that Bayo would be open to staying in Scotland. For Celtic, that would probably be the most ideal move. However, alternatively, clubs from Holland and Switzerland are also apparently interested.
Bayo has made 13 appearances overall since his move from Dunajska Streda last year (Transfermarkt). During that period, he’s struggled to push himself into contention.
As things stand, Bayo is the last-choice striker at the club. He sits behind Odsonne Edouard, Klimala, and Leigh Griffiths respectively.
Bayo showing great initiative
It’s great to see Bayo actually acknowledging that he needs to move. Too often have we had players happy to sit on the bench and collect a hefty wage packet. Bayo has actually shown a desire for more game-time and the chance to prove himself.
Even though there are clubs interested on the continent, keeping him in Scotland would be ideal. It would allow us the chance to see how Bayo fares against the opposition we play on a regular basis. However, it’s all going to be dependant on just who’s interested in the big man.
It’s also vital that, if he does move to a Scottish club that it’s the right one. Sending him down into a relegation battle wouldn’t do us much good. A solid mid-table side would work best, as we need him to join a side that creates plenty of chances. It gives us a much better opportunity to judge him.
One thing’s for certain – he can’t stay here and expect games. It’s been proven already that he won’t get the minutes he needs to develop.
Bayo is now 23. He’s at an age where he can’t afford to stagnate. Regardless of whether he was signed to be a long-term project or not, sitting on a bench at his age is detrimental.
It’s great to see that he appears to understand this too. Hopefully, the club get him the loan move he deserves for the second half of the season.