Commanding Premier League centre-back Kean Bryan worth a look for Celtic this summer
Celtic will lose a host of stars this summer ahead of an enormous 2021/22 rebuilding job.
One area of the pitch where the Hoops could be most depleted is in central defence. Kristoffer Ajer could depart, amid interest from AC Milan [Glasgow Times], whilst Jack Hendry could be set to seal a permanent move to Belgium with KV Oostende [Daily Record].
Consequentially, Celtic will likely be left with just two senior centre-halves available for July’s Champions League qualifiers. There’s youngster Stephen Welsh and Nir Bitton, nominally a defensive midfielder.
Needing reinforcement, Celtic could do a lot worse than to look at Kean Bryan as a potential option. Currently plying his trade in the Premier League this season, the 24-year-old would be an astute signing for a multitude of different reasons.
Kean Bryan is out-of-contract at the end of 2020/21; he has improved massively this season
The Manchester-born defender would be available for nothing at the end of the season [Transfermarkt]. His affordability should appeal to Celtic, as should his likely suitable wage demands. Over the course of this season, he has made 12 appearances, registering a solitary goal [Transfermarkt].
Playing for a poor Sheffield United side, collective statistics don’t do him justice. Individually, he has began to show why he started his career at Manchester City [Blue Moon]. Encouragingly, he has illustrated his commanding nature at the heart of defence, winning 2.3 aerial challenges per game [WhoScored].
Coupled with his acute awareness to danger, he is a defender who has the ability to move further up the footballing pyramid. Clearing the ball 2.8 times every 90 minutes, he would fill a vital criteria for a Celtic central defender [WhoScored]. He also has achieved a respectable 1.5 tackles per game, showing desire to win the ball back [WhoScored].
Playing out from the back is also an essential element of the Hoops’ rear-guard. The stopper makes around 32.6 passes per match [WhoScored].
Ultimately, he has a wide-ranging scope of attributes that would translate to the Scottish game. Providing balance, he also has the advantage of being a left-footed centre back. That’s useful.
An interesting proposition, Bryan would be a sensible acquisition for Celtic should the opportunity ever present itself.