£5m Thomas Henry must be regretting 2021 Celtic rejection amid relegation threat

By David Walton

March 27, 2022

Back in the summer when Celtic were looking to bolster their attacking ranks, it was said that OH Leuven’s Thomas Henry was Ange Postecoglou’s first choice.

Indeed, it was claimed that Celtic viewed the Belgian hitman as the perfect replacement for Odsonne Edouard [Scottish Sun]. However, in the end, he decided to make the move to Serie A side Venezia in a £5m deal [Scottish Sun].

At the time, Venezia technical director Paolo Poggi stated that Henry flat out rejected Celtic to sign for them [Tuttomercatoweb]. It was a blow for Celtic, who instead went on to sign Giorgos Giakoumakis on transfer deadline day.

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And fast forward just under 7 months later and it looks as though Henry may be regretting his decision. The reason? He’s struggled to shine in Serie A with just 6 goals to his name in Italy’s top flight all season.

In addition to that, Venezia are firmly in the relegation zone, 3 points behind Cagliari having played a game fewer. But there are no signs of their dismal form coming to life. They’ve lost their last 4 matches and have only won 1 in 16 league fixtures.

The move has seen Henry’s stock plummet. If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears things aren’t well behind the scenes either. Henry was sent off for 2 bookable offences against Sampdoria before the international break which left his manager furious – pushing and shoving the striker whilst screaming in his face as he came off [Football Italia].

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Not that Henry is keeping up to date with what’s going on at Celtic. If he did, it would probably just frustrate him further when he looks at what’s happening with Giakoumakis.

Indeed, our second-choice striker – likely what Henry would’ve been behind Kyogo – has 12 goals to his name this season. That’s double Henry’s tally despite having a frustrating first half of the campaign.

His form has led to him having a glorious chance to star in one of the biggest derbies in world football. It has him back involved with the Greek national team and with a golden opportunity to be playing Champions League football as soon as next season.

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Giakoumakis is currently basking in the rewards that could’ve been available to Henry. And even at this early stage, it looks as though it’s another situation of a player failing to see what was truly on offer at Celtic over a bigger league.

Granted, Venezia could still survive and keep their spot in Serie A. But even if they did, what’s truly next for Henry? Another relegation scrap next season? He won’t have any bigger clubs interested given his poor form this season, and Venezia will want a return on the money they splashed out on him in the first place.

It looks as though this just wasn’t meant to be for the big Belgian, who would now surely snap the hand off if he was offered a move to Parkhead again.

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