Some Celtic fans have their say on reported Patryk Klimala development
Sections of the Celtic support have been reacting to the apparent Patryk Klimala medical that’s on the agenda.
The Glasgow Times‘ Matthew Lindsay published an article today confirming that Celtic have agreed a £3.5million fee with Jagiellonia Bialystok. The striker is therefore set to undergo a medical today and finalise his move from Poland to Parkhead.
It’s a decent outlay for the Scottish champions to splash out. It may not come close to our record transfer fee for Odsonne Edouard, but it shows serious intent to strengthen up top.
Klimala would arrive at Celtic having scored seven goals in 18 appearances this season (Transfermarkt). Yet, despite his decent record in his homeland, there’s been a mixed reaction to his potential signing on Twitter today:
I'm struggling to get excited by Patryk Klimala's potential signing. His goalscoring stats aren't exactly mouthwatering, especially in comparison to Andraz Sporar who is scoring regularly, albeit in a lesser quality league.
— Paul Nangle (@PaulJamesNangle) January 12, 2020
The only front 3 acceptable for Thistle away is:
Arzani – Klimala – Shved
— Jamie (@Jamie67_) January 12, 2020
Klimala scored 4 goals in 29 games last season and so far has scored 7 in 18 – if we’re paying £3.5m it’s money down the drain
— Pol MacFhionnghaile 🇮🇪🏴 (@mcginleybhoy) January 12, 2020
Celtic have done what we asked, judgment must be reserved
We all wanted a new striker in January. If this deal gets completed then we’ll have bagged one, and a player who has clearly found an eye for goal in recent times.
The Glasgow Times state that Klimala had been attracting interest from Denmark and Italy. It’s positive to see Celtic fend off this kind of competition to bag their man.
There’s no point worrying too much about whether he’ll be a success or a failure. Every signing arrives with some element of doubt. Some fans will be worried about his lack of pedigree, and that does stand up considering it was only last season that he was on loan at Wigry Suwalki in the Polish second division.
However, what he clearly has is pace. When you look at the three strikers currently at Parkhead, pace is one thing that isn’t particularly prominent. Edouard prefers to use his quick feet with defenders in front of him, whilst Leigh Griffiths seems to have lost a yard in recent times. Vakoun Bayo, meanwhile, hasn’t shown any level of decent speed when on the ball.
Klimala looks like being a striker that loves to play on the shoulder. In a sense, his style seems to be similar to that of Griff. But it’ll be interesting to see whether this pushes Neil Lennon into playing a 3-5-2 system more often. After all, Klimala himself claimed only last week that he was only looking to join a team where he’ll be first-choice (Scottish Sun).
We all have to reserve judgment until we see Klimala in action. At the very least, the club seems to have moved fairly quickly to bring a forward in. Hopefully, he starts well and wins the love of the support instantly.