Celtic’s reported interest in midfielder Ismaila Soro doesn’t particularly look great from Eboue Kouassi’s perspective.
The Daily Record today reported that Celtic had been scouting the Bnei Yehunda midfielder in their 2-1 win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva at the weekend.
The report also states that no move has yet been made for him. Instead, he’s apparently simply on a list of targets hat’s being drawn up for a potential move in January.
Not much is known about Soro. He did feature against Malmo back in some Europa League qualifying matches in August. Overall, he’s made 15 appearances for Bnei Yehunda this season in what appears to have been a productive campaign for him so far (Transfermarkt).
However, with Soro being a defensive midfielder, it’s difficult not to draw comparisons with a player from Soro’s homeland who’s already at Parkhead.
This potential deal for Soro feels like a mirror image of the Kouassi signing back in 2017. Kouassi was also a fairly inexperienced youngster from the Ivory Coast who cost us around £3million (BBC). Worryingly for the former Krasnodar man, however, is that Soro also plays in his position.
Soro would fill the role Kouassi was supposed to
If he was to be signed, you have to imagine it’s being viewed as a signing for the future. With that, he would surely overtake Kouassi in the pecking order too given the hope that would surround his signing.
Kouassi, meanwhile, couldn’t be any less used at Celtic Park. Incredibly, he hasn’t been in a single matchday squad since Neil Lennon was appointed manager. Overall, he’s played just 22 times for the club despite the fact he’ll have been here for three years next month (Transfermarkt).
If Celtic sign yet another defensive-midfielder, or even feel that it’s necessary, it’s fair to assume that Kouassi remains well out the picture at Parkhead.
There’s been a pretty incredible lack of faith placed in the Ivorian since he arrived. A slow start to life in Glasgow didn’t help him. However, it’s fair to say that the more we’ve managed to see of him, the less convincing he’s looked.
If Celtic are looking to bring a couple of new signings in next month, it would be ideal to get rid of some of the deadwood. Like it or not, Kouassi falls into that category. Getting him a move in January, whether on loan or permanently, would be a success for the club.
Things already didn’t look great for him. The interest in Soro, however, only makes Kouassi’s situation look much worse.