What Thomas Tuchel has said about Celtic-linked Mitchel Bakker

By David Walton

September 6, 2020

With Celtic still in the market for a left-back this summer, the club were reported to have seen an offer for PSG left-back Mitchel Bakker booted out (Sky Sports).

Sky reported that the Ligue 1 champions have not totally ruled out the defender moving to Parkhead. And it appears the link certainly caught the eye of many in the Celtic support too.

Yet whilst the left-back only has seven senior appearances to his name (Transfermarkt), Thomas Tuchel’s previous comments on him show that we’re right to be excited.

Reported Celtic target Mitchel Bakker / (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Indeed, as recently as July, Tuchel threw Bakker in against Lyon in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. Stat-tracking website WhoScored marked him as the fourth-highest performer on the day with a score of 7.15. Tuchel was impressed too.

As quoted by Dutch outlet Het Parool, the PSG boss said at the time: “He was reliable and focused. I am very happy with Mitch and his physical qualities. It’s not easy for him because there is always a lot of pressure. You always have to win. But he responds well to that.”

Tuchel a constant admirer of Bakker

The German coach also commented on the player after he featured him a 6-1 demolition of Dijon back in February’s Coupe de France quarter-final. Tuchel said the following as reported by RMC Sport:

“He played very well. It was his first appearance as a starter. He was very, very good. I have to say that he was very reliable, very focused. It was a good performance.”

Reliabile and focused. That’s twice Tuchel has used the same phrase to describe Bakker, and ideally that’s what Celtic manage to get from their next left-back.

Thomas Tuchel is a fan of Celtic-linked Mitchel Bakker (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

With Greg Taylor in desperate need of some solid competition, Bakker appears to have the promise to provide it. You simply don’t get anywhere near that PSG side if you don’t have talent. The fact he’s caught Tuchel’s eye on several occasions also reflects extremely well on him.

Even if it is only on a one-year loan agreement, bagging a talent like Bakker ticks the right boxes. Especially with Tuchel highlighting his physical qualities – a necessity for players who want to make an impact in Scottish football.

So far in his career, Bakker has certainly impressed the right people. Here’s hoping he does the same in Glasgow should a move pan out.

In other news, an English Premier League talent linked with Celtic has continued to feature regularly for his club.