It’s time to come out and say it – Celtic should’ve loaned out Patryk Klimala in the summer.
The Pole, who signed for Celtic in January 2020 for £3.5million [Scottish Sun], has seldom been presented with opportunities this season.
If you glance at his overall appearance total this season, it’s pretty deceiving. 24 outings makes it seem as though the former Jagiellonia Bialystok man has been showered with opportunities. However, only six of those appearances have seen him feature for over half an hour.
Yes, Klimala has usually been thrown on for cameo appearances when we’re desperate for a goal. He’d managed three goals by the beginning of October. Since then, opportunities and subsequently goals have been on the decline.
Yet, we also have to be honest about things this season too. Klimala, in the minutes he has had on the pitch, has struggled. He takes up good positions makes some intelligence runs. Similar in that sense to another struggling Celt Albian Ajeti. But he’s also too easily beaten to the ball, struggles to hold it up, and hasn’t been clinical enough in front of goal. He missed two glorious chances against Aberdeen last weekend.
Celtic and Patryk Klimala would’ve been best served by a loan move elsewhere
We’ve seen how effective loan spells can be this term. Jack Hendry is absolutely thriving with Oostende, whilst Scott Robertson has been impressing with Gillingham and Doncaster respectively.
Even strike rival Vakoun Bayo has started turning things on with Toulouse in France. He looks in a good place to come back to Parkhead and compete for a striking spot next season.
Klimala, however, is simply stagnating. Can we honestly say we’ve seen any sort of improvement in Paddy since he signed 14 months ago? Progress has been extremely limited, and that’s simply down a lack of game-time over the course of 2020.
With a new manager due to come in for next season, some may think that gives Klimala the chance to hit the refresh button. But the truth is it’s more than likely Celtic will invest in the forward position in the summer.
Therefore, this year must see Klimala head out on loan. Whether that be down south or to a rival Scottish Premiership side – staying in Britain would be ideal. It will allow him to continue to acclimatise to the British game and hopefully increase his physical development.
Keeping the Polish forward on this season hasn’t done anything for him. The same mistake shouldn’t be made this summer – it’s time to give Klimala his opportunity to play regularly away from Glasgow.