The 62-goal Brazilian striker Real Betis could debut against Celtic
Real Betis could be about to debut their secret weapon on Celtic in the form of loan striker Willian Jose.
Jose arrived in Seville from Real Sociedad in the summer despite playing 39 times for his parent club last season. Since signing for them back in 2016, the striker has hammered home 62 goals.
Betis, managed by former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, have managed to bag him for the campaign. And after failing to make an appearance in the club’s first three matches of the season, Jose could be unleashed against Celtic.
It’s already been stated by Pellegrini that Monday night’s La Liga match against Granada may be slightly too early. This is due to the fact he injured himself in his final training session with Sociedad and only returned to training yesterday [Sport.es].
Jose is, however, included in Betis’ Europa League squad. He would provide the La Liga club with a big aerial presence in the penalty area as well as clever off-ball movement in the final third.
Celtic have seen this season just how much clever striker movement can be of benefit to a side in the form of Kyogo Furuhashi. Whilst Jose is a different kind of striker, he’s another who tends to find space in the final third very easily.
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Real Betis vs Celtic looks like an early-campaign cracker
Both sides still have matches to play before they can fully focus on their Europa League opener on Thursday. Betis will be looking for their first competitive win of the season against Granada before they face the Hoops.
However, when the two sides do come together in Andalusia, it looks like being a cracker. Both will have their sights set on bagging second spot at least, with the match providing Ange Postecoglou with a solid barometer of where his side is at just now.
Hopefully, Betis have Jose fit and hand him his debut against the Hoops. A week of training under his belt should be enough to get him some minutes, either as a starter or from the bench. That’s down to Pellegrini of course
We want to see the Celtic centre-backs get tested and come through a tricky-looking challenge on paper. It will do wonders for Stephen Welsh, Carl Starfelt, or Cameron Carter-Vickers to bag big individual performances in Spain.
This one just can’t come quickly enough. What an opportunity for Celtic to get off to a glorious start in their Europa League group. Firstly, of course, we have Ross County to deal with on Saturday.
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