The performance of Vakoun Issouf Bayo vs Ross County wasn’t exactly a standout.
The Ivorian came on for the final 25 minutes at Celtic Park on Saturday in the 6-0 routing of the Staggies. In fairness to him, he did play a key part for the sixth goal too, as his cross was diverted goalwards by Boli before being finished by Mohamed Elyounoussi.
However, Bayo also missed a big one-on-one chance after being put through by Tom Rogic. He took a heavy touch, and it was a wasted opportunity for him.
For once, it seems he didn’t impress some when it came to his performance. Here’s a look at what these Celtic fans thought of him on social media:
I agree with him, we do over rely on him, he plays every match for us, for France, doubtfull if griff will b in a Celtic jersey again, Bayo not good enough so we defo need another good striker in January, Rangers have 2 good strikers banging in goals
— David mcnally (@chris21810) October 19, 2019
Agree. Fairly confident at this stage Bayo isn't good enough for Celtic. He might surprise us, but the evidence to suggest he will is sparse. The optimists will see what they like until proven wrong. No hate, just reality.
— Antony Murray 🇪🇺🏴🇸🇰 (@AntonyMurray25) October 20, 2019
I l Ike Griff and really feel for him but ultimately Celtic will have to do what's best for the team. We desperately need another forward as Eddie is bound to pull up sooner or later with an injury and imo bayo is not the answer at all. Seen him a bit now and frustrating or what
— Kes 🍀 (@kesbhoy86) October 20, 2019
Celtic have thee best under21 striker in Europe..then substitute him to rest by bringing on a lump of wid like Bayo . It's like trading yir Ferrari for a punto the drop off in class is atrocious
— 🏴me 🇮🇪.🦇 (@Albagubrath71) October 19, 2019
Bayo isn't Celtic class i'm afraid to say.
— Gary Harper (@TOPJBHOY) October 19, 2019
Big Bayo. Funny when yer 6-0 up.
— David O'Molloy (@Celtic_GLA) October 19, 2019
Saw some stuff about bayo, would agree that he looks raw and is no where near the finished article. I think however, with a run of games he would find his feet unfortunately with eddy he isn’t going to get that. Might see better from him next year…
— CELTIC.OK (@OkCeltic) October 19, 2019
Hard to have any complaints after that game today but it’s looking more and more that bayo might not cut it at Celtic , and that we will need another striker in January , we need griff back playing
— Div McALpine (@DIVBHOY) October 19, 2019
Bayo is never a Celtic striker in his life
— Jordan Tracey (@JordanTracey17) October 19, 2019
If Bayo scores then it’s a different narrative
It’s always fine margins in football. Bayo takes a heavy touch and Ross Laidlaw makes a fine save. That’s enough for him to be criticised for his overall performance. That’s no slight on the fans who didn’t like the look of him, but the narrative would be different had he buried that one.
It’s also important to remember that he only came on for the final 25 minutes. Odsonne Edouard took 46 to find his feet in front of goal after several first-half stops from Laidlaw. Not many would’ve been on his back for it.
As stated previously, Bayo made a tremendous impact for goal number six. Without his running down the right, Celtic could be sitting second place in the Premiership just now. Sure, it’s trivial considering it’s only October, but he did make a contribution of some sort.
Seeing a route for Bayo ahead of French Eddy is a tough one, however. He may have to bide his time, and likely won’t get his chance to make the striker spot his own until we sell our high-flying Frenchman.
Bayo has shown positive signs in his substitute appearances this season. But he needs more time to prove he can be of real value to us. He was most certainly quiet on Saturday, but he still made positive runs that got us into good areas.
However, his display hasn’t seemed to please a sizable section of our support if social media is anything to go by.