Celtic January target Josh Murphy has been described as ‘unplayable’ after his performance for Cardiff City in the FA Cup this week, BBC Sport report.
The outlet say that the Hoops made a loan-to-buy offer for the winger last month, despite making a switch to Cardiff for a mammoth £11m fee in 2018.
He’s been in and out of the Bluebirds’ starting eleven of late but on Tuesday against Reading produced an excellent display in a classic cup tie.
The winger scored two goals in a 3-3 result that would eventually be lost by Neil Harris’ side on penalties.
For the Cardiff manager though the fixture showed just what kind of level that Murphy can reach.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “He divides opinion within the fan base. I get that all the time when I’m stopped in coffee shops or supermarkets.
“He divides opinion. That is ultimately what he is as a wide player.
“When he’s hot, like he was against Reading, he’s unplayable. And when he’s not and when it doesn’t quite come off for him, you can question how much he’s done on the pitch. But that is the sort of player he is.”
Elyounoussi’s return softens transfer inaction
The interest in Murphy, along with the reported interest in Christian Atsu (The Herald), it seems that Celtic were definitely on the hunt for left-wing additions in the final days of January.
That was probably because of the serious injury suffered by Mikey Johnston last week that leaves us a bit short in that area.
However, with the return of Mohamed Elyounoussi to training and squad contention, the failure to land Murphy, Atsu or anyone else isn’t critical, as much as it would have been nice to see a late signing.
Lennon has also switched to a 3-5-2 system that is getting good performances out of Greg Taylor, so there is flexibility in options there for the manager.
Murphy is clearly intent on impressing at Cardiff. If he turns around his form in the second half of the season in the manner of this week’s performance then perhaps he’s one to revisit in the summer.
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