"Shows nothing"; Popular Toulouse website slams Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo after Nancy display

By David Walton

December 3, 2020

It doesn’t look as though things are going too well for Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo after he was called out for his recent displays by a popular Toulouse fansite.

Bayo was sent to the Ligue 2 club in the summer on a season-long loan designed to finally kickstart his career. After a frustrating 2019/20 campaign in which Bayo only netted two goals in 16 appearances (Transfermarkt), the loan move looked ideal for him and at a decent level too.

However, things just haven’t clicked since his debut. Bayo notched two goals at Grenoble in his opening match in what proved to be a false dawn for him. Since then, the Ivorian has failed to score in any of his eight games since. He was also sidelined for a further three thanks to a frustrating knock.

And it appears as though his overall displays aren’t impressing those in France either. Toulouse-reporting journalist Arthur Stroebele has slammed the Celtic striker for his display in the 3-1 win against Nancy as well as the rest of his performances in Ligue 2. He also came up with a new nickname for him (and it’s not ideal).

Writing about Bayo’s display on Toulouse’s most popular fansite Les Violets, Stroebele said the following on the centre-forward after ranking him with a 2/10 for his most recent performance vs Nancy.

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“The match against Grenoble was definitely a UFO. Toulouse had lost an away game and Bayo scored. Twice even. Since then – nothing.

“The Ivorian shows nothing, and should soon join Efthymios Kolouris on the banned list (Kolouris hasn’t been in the matchday squad for three games). Vakoun “he’s in pain” Bayo.”

This wasn’t the idea

Les Violet’s rating of 2/10 was the lowest out of all of Toulouse’s players who performed against Nancy in midweek. It’s fair to say this wasn’t the idea when he joined the club in the summer.

When he first signed for Toulouse, Bayo told the club’s official website that he had two goals. He stated that he was looking to secure promotion for them as well as bag a total of 15-20 goals for the season. He said: “Like any striker, the objective is to achieve a number of goals, but my first objective this season is to see Toulouse back in Ligue 1. My number of goals? 15-20.”

Bayo is unfortunately so far from making that number it’s bordering on the unbelievable. We were all hoping this was the season that he really broke through and showed Celtic that we were making a mistake in letting him go. It seems to be the other way around – Neil Lennon is being proven right for not playing him more often based on how his time in France is going.

Vakoun Bayo in action for Celtic (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

And Bayo had some making up to do this season too after his agent had a slight pop at Lennon at the start of the season. As quoted by the Daily Record, the striker’s agent said: “The change of manager at Celtic made it complicated for him because it wasn’t the current manager who signed him. That’s the only reason he didn’t play. But everyone else at Celtic was unanimous in praising his qualities.”

At 23, there’s still plenty of time for Bayo to come good, but it’s difficult to see where he goes from here if he can’t turn his Toulouse spell around. He’s so far away from the first-team picture at Parkhead that any further setback is unwelcome in the extreme.

We’ll keep an eye on this in the hope that things start taking a positive turn for him sometime soon. So long as he’s still getting minutes as a regular starter, a goal could be all he needs to start turning this on its head.

In other news, Philadelphia boss Jim Curtin has opened the door for Celtic to make an offer for Mark McKenzie.