BBC Sportsound pundit Marvin Bartley has hailed Patryk Klimala and stated that he’s “making an impact whenever he can” at Parkhead.
It’s been a heck of a season already for Klimala, with plenty of ups and downs. Despite a host of impressive cameos and three goals to his name, he’s also at times found himself out of the team even when there have been no other striker alternatives.
Despite being given 10 substitute appearances and one start this term, there remains a reluctance from Neil Lennon to give him a prolonged spell in the starting XI. And after failing to make the team against Ferencvaros earlier this summer, Tam McManus urged him to hand in a transfer request.
However, after bagging a late strike against St Johnstone yesterday, he threw himself back into the spotlight in a positive manner.
And speaking on BBC’s Sportscene program after Celtic’s 2-0 win in Perth (BBC One Scotland, 05/10, 00:20), Bartley stated his belief that he looks like a player who’s 100% invested in the project at Parkhead.
“He’s making an impact whenever he can, he’s probably disappointed he’s not played more games or started more games.
“This is someone who wants to make a differenxce and I spoke about Edouard not being invested, this is a man who definitely is, and he wants to show the management team and the fans that he can step up.”
Klimala looks to be in a good place
For all of the early-season rumblings that were going on when Klimala wasn’t being selected, he still appears to be in an extremely positive frame of mind.
He’s now come on in seven of Celtic’s last eight matches (Transfermarkt), so it’s clear that Neil Lennon believes the Polish under-21 international has something.
Most importantly, however, Klimala is impressing the Celtic supporters. Many fans were quick to get on Twitter and hail his resilience yesterday after taking a crunching challenge before springing to his feet and hammering home the Hoops’ second goal in Perth.
Even Klimala himself has come out in recent times and expressed his happiness at the club. Speaking to Celtic’s official website last month, the striker said: “I feel like I’ve learned a lot more tactically under Neil Lennon than with any other manager I’ve played for so he’s definitely the best manager I’ve had in my life.”
There’s so much to be positive about for Klimala. Yes, he may be third or fourth choice in the striking positions at the moment, but there are going to be so many opportunities for him before 2020 is over. He’s impressing everyone who matters, and it says a lot that even the pundits are picking up on his contribution too.
For him, it’s all about going away with the Poland under-21s and continuing to build on his momentum. You get a feeling we’re going to see a lot more of the Polish Paddy this season.