Swiss talent spotter Vincent Cavin says Albian Ajeti "needed" Celtic move

By David Walton

September 9, 2020

Switzerland talent team manager Vincent Cavin believes that new Celtic signing Albian Ajeti “needed” to move to Parkhead.

The striker arrived in Glasgow after a turbulent debut season with West Ham United in the English Premier League. The Swiss forward failed to score a single goal in any of his 12 appearances, and often featured on the bench.

Ajeti now has 59 goals at senior level after bagging two goals in two domestic games for the Hoops since signing (Transfermarkt). Even at this early stage of the campaign, Ajeti looks like a player rejuvenated.

Albian Ajeti celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

And Cavin, who works for Switzerland as their talent team manager, was full of praise for the move as he urged the striker to make an impact.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Cavin said: “It was difficult for him at West Ham, but now it will be good for him to play regularly and  show the kind of player he is. He didn’t have the chance to show his  quality in England. I think he maybe needed  a little bit of time to  find his confidence at  the beginning.

“Ajeti needed to take another step in his career. It was important for him to find a new place where people wanted him. He has already scored for Celtic, so hopefully it will become easier for him now.

“It’s always important to feel you have the support of your manager. That’s the case for all players, but especially a striker. I hope this is the situation for Ajeti at Celtic.”

Ajeti will feel the love if he keeps scoring goals

There isn’t a more loving support in world football than the Celtic support if you can provide them with goals. Look at Odsonne Edouard’s popularity for example.

So as long as Ajeti continues to rattle shots into the net then he’ll very quickly begin to realise just how big a family Celtic Football Club is. But that love and respect has to be earned, and that’s the challenge for the Swiss forward.

What’s impressive is that he has still managed to find two goals against Dundee United and Motherwell respectively without even being 100% fit. It certainly whets the appetite for when he does manage to get himself properly up to speed.

New Celtic signing Albian Ajeti / (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Ajeti didn’t have any real pre-season with West Ham, and is effectively having to use competitive games to get himself up to the required standard. That’s not ideal, but the fact he’s still managing to make an impact seriously bodes well for the future.

The striker has been away with Switzerland and managed to get some minutes under his belt against Ukraine. However, Ajeti didn’t get on the pitch in their second match against Germany.

It remains to be seen how the international break has affected his fitness. But even at these early stages of the campaign, Ajeti looks like the real deal.

In other news, a youngster who left Celtic this summer has an attractive-looking offer on the table.