'This lad has huge potential'; Celtic prospect Afolabi impresses out on loan, volleys in winner, earns MOTM
Celtic prospect Jonathan Afolabi hasn’t taken long to score his first goal for Dundee after moving out on loan, volleying in a winner against Greenock Morton in the Scottish Championship today.
The Republic of Ireland youth international is at Dens Park for the season, looking to get his first taste of week-to-week action at senior level.
He impressed off the bench in his debut against Hearts, earning himself a start for today’s home match.
The striker pounced just four minutes into the encounter, volleying home inside the box and leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
4' | 1-0
Marshall crosses into the Morton box from the left and Afolabi volleys home from 12 yards #thedee
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) October 24, 2020
He would go on to earn the club’s man of the match award in the 1-0 victory.
The player is also quickly impressing Dees fans, with his potential apparently clear to see.
This lad Afolabi has huge potential!
— Nouthsider (@nouthsider) October 24, 2020
Excellent. Was impressive when he came on against hearts. ❤️
— Daniel Robertson (@dee4life2137) October 24, 2020
Very happy with ferrie in goal, Byrne had a great game as did afolabi n mcdaid
— Mark Ross (@MarkRos80248338) October 24, 2020
Afolabi looks class so far 💙 https://t.co/ivphTl2UX8
— Lewis Banks (@LewisBanks03) October 24, 2020
Afolabi signed for Celtic in 2019, part of a raft of young players to arrive from English football, where he played for Southampton.
He hasn’t managed to make a first-team breakthrough yet but a year in the Championship could be the making of him before he tries to push into Neil Lennon’s plans again.
Still just 20 and with two years left on his contract, he has plenty of time to impress.
Hopefully, he can continue to shine on Tayside.