Toulouse manager Patrice Garande has heaped praise on Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo after his brace against Grenoble.
Bayo made his debut for the Ligue 2 side as their league campaign got underway over the weekend. Yet, despite the fact Toulouse were on the end of a poor 5-3 loss, the on-loan Hoops man made an impression with two fine headed goals (which you can view by clicking here).
The striker then had to come off midway through the second half, with Garande later claiming that he can’t yet finish a 90-minute game.
Speaking about Bayo’s performance, here’s everything Grande said courtesy of popular Toulouse website LesViolets:
“We discussed it before, he doesn’t yet have 90 minutes in his legs. That’s why I took him off. I didn’t want to take any risk.
“I want to work well with him during the 15 days we have for the international break.
“He’s had an excellent game. He’s a boy who will do us a great service – that’s obvious. This is a positive point of the match.”
Bayo’s aerial threat already proving beneficial
The Ivorian may only have made a handful of appearances for the club last season, but his aerial ability was by far Bayo’s standout trait whenever he did feature.
Against Hearts and Partick Thistle last season, Bayo used his height to good effect to play a part in three goals. To act as though this is a player that has minimal qualities and won’t cut it here just feels premature.
The way in which he buried his headers the other night was impressive. It wasn’t a case of just getting a connection on it and hoping it found its way in. Bayo directed both of his goals against Grenoble with precision.
It sets him up nicely for the rest of the season, and if he can continue to show his ability in the air, it should certainly catch Neil Lennon’s eye over the course of the campaign.
For all of Celtic’s current striking options up top, a big physical target man is the kind we still don’t have. If Bayo can brush up on his game and get his name on the scoresheet regularly, there’s every chance he gets an opportunity in our next pre-season schedule.
But for now it’s only a start, and his side still lost the game. There’s much work ahead for the Ivorian this season, but good press and comments coming his way will only be beneficial.