Tottenham fans not sold on Celtic star Ismaila Soro

By Euan Davidson

April 28, 2021

Tottenham Hostpur supporters don’t seem to know what they might be getting in Ismaila Soro.

The Ivorian midfielder, a revelation this season, has been linked with a move away from Celtic Park. Manager-less Spurs are the reported suitors, according to the Daily Mail.

Only 22-years-old, Soro is a potentially exciting talent. He’s already shown in flashes that he’s an energetic, ball carrying midfielder. His slight frame belies a ruggedness, with incredible enthusiasm to break up moves and turn defence into attack. Celtic supporters are distraught by the idea of losing him.

At least for Celtic, though, there’s the chance of a windfall. Having paid £2m for the Ivorian midfielder, there’s precedent for Spurs spending big on defensive enforcers. From Lyon, Tanguy Ndombele commanded a £53m fee [BBC]. Largely, his price was based on his performances in Ligue 1, and Celtic can’t expect that much. At least, though, the Bhoys are well-placed to demand significant sums for their prospect.

Inevitably, because Soro plays in Scotland, there’s cynicism. Ignoring the fact that they had Victor Wanyama, who was a breakout star in his first season at Spurs. Or Virgil van Dijk, Kieran Tierney or Andy Robertson.

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Spurs fans not entirely keen on Ismaila Soro transfer, but that’s not just down to the player

The fact that Tottenham are without a manager seems to be the key problem here. Just like when Celtic are linked to players, questions arise. “Who’s he for?” is a legitimate thing to ask when there’s no head coach in place.

Still, the criticism of Daniel Levy in these tweets implies dissatisfaction with the Spurs board’s spending. Despite a brand-new stadium and a transfer spend of around £100m this season [Transfermarkt].

Here are some reactions from Spurs fans about the news:

Clearly, they just don’t know lucky they are if they were to land the Ivorian midfielder. Fingers crossed he’s at Celtic Park for 21-22.

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