Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo notched his 10th goal of the season in France with Toulouse yesterday in a fine 3-0 win over Caen.
Bayo has had a stop-start season with the Ligue 2 club after leaving Celtic on a season-long loan agreement. Despite two goals on his debut, the Ivorian went on a run of 11 games without a goal. Since the turn of 2021, however, Bayo has managed to find the net on eight occasions.
His latest came in yesterday’s clash vs Caen, which proved to be a huge win for Toulouse. The three points ensures that they remain only four points behind Clermont Foot with a game in hand in the race for second. Bayo will be hoping to ultimately get his loan club back into Ligue 1 before departing.
Below, you can see his latest effort – a well-taken powerful effort from close range:
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Celtic’s Vakoun Bayo continues to show his cross-ball threat in France
Many simply won’t want Bayo back this summer, and that’s fine. You can understand why. He signed for £2million under Brendan Rodgers back in 2019 and we’ve seen no return on it [Glasgow Times].
In addition to that, Toulouse have an option-to-buy in their Bayo agreement too [Scottish Sun]. Many will look at this as a good opportunity to get rid of more deadwood should Toulouse want to take up that option.
But Celtic may be wise to keep hold of the striker just a little while longer. The reason being that he’s been a constant threat for Toulouse when it comes to crosses and set-pieces. That’s something Celtic have badly lacked any form of threat in at both ends of the pitch.
Now that he’s into double figures, he can be relatively satisfied with what he’s produced in France. No, it hasn’t been a rip-roaring success, and he won’t net the 20 goals he initially targeted for himself [Toulouse Website]. But he’s continued to be a real presence in the final third and in the air, earning him the nickname “The Helicopter” [Toulouse Twitter].
For now, it’s worth seeing what the new manager thinks of him before shoving him on prematurely. With only a year left on his contract, there’s still a short period of time to show that he’s got something.
But that should be down to the new manager, and the new manager only.