Vakoun Issouf Bayo could "become a big name" at Celtic

By David Walton

April 8, 2019

Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo could become a “big name”, according to former Slovakian Premier League rival Endy Opoku.

Opoku spent two years at Slovakian outfit Podbrezova between 2016 and 2018. This, therefore, led to him coming face-to-face with domestic rivals Dunajska Streda, whom Bayo played for between 2018 and 2019.

Celtic snapped the big striker up in January under Brendan Rodgers. This was after rattling home 18 goals in 23 matches, including seven assists. His ratio in terms of goals and assists were impressive, and despite only making one appearance since signing, the club will still likely have high hopes for him.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo had a fine record in Slovakia (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

And so they should if you ask Opoku. In an interview with World Football Index, he opened up on the quality of Bayo.

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“Even this was one is a hard one (best player he’s played against), but if I look back at my time in Slovakia I was impressed by Vakoun Bayo.

“He has great potential. He did a fantastic job in the Slovak league that led to a beautiful transfer to Celtic. I believe if he keeps his focus, he can become a big name.”

Impact to be made next season

It’s not looking great for Bayo in terms of minutes on the park this term. He recently picked up an injury whilst on international duty, and that won’t help his chances.

Bayo hopefully offers a physical threat (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic have a host of big games between now and the end of the campaign. At this point, it’s looking more suitable for Bayo to seriously start making an impact next season.

The big striker is arriving in Scotland with a decent reputation. There won’t be any excuses for him when the squad returns from their summer break.

Celtic coach John Kennedy believes he offers something different in terms of a physical threat. This will hopefully see a positive effect on our set-pieces, which continue to be a source of frustration.

Bayo, however, is clearly held in high regard for what he accomplished in Slovakia. Here’s hoping he can therefore replicate those numbers with Celtic.