Lys Mousset is beginning to show why he was a summer Celtic target

By John McGinley

October 22, 2019

When Celtic were linked with a move for Lys Mousset during the summer transfer window, it certainly raised a few eyebrows.

The Daily Mail reported in May that the Hoops were seeking a deal for the player, who eventually joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth for £10m (The Guardian).

The links had some merit. Mousset was in fact one of the players included on Celtic’s leaked recruitment list prior to the end of last season (The Daily Record). It was said in that document that Lee Congerton was to sound out a potential deal with the player’s agents.

The money involved would have made him Celtic’s record signing.

However, it didn’t appear to make much sense given his lack of impact at Bournemouth. Mousset scored just five times in 71 appearances for the Cherries, hardly the kind of strike rate that would fill fans with confidence he could live up to his price tag.

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Premier League impact

Recently though he’s showing why he was a player we were interested in. Two goals in four Premier League matches have seen him pick up form.

He grabbed headlines on Monday night after netting a poacher’s effort at home to Arsenal on his first start for the club. His other effort came in a victory away to Everton.

Clearly we are well stocked in attack with the presence of Odsonne Edouard, but Mousset could have the kind of ability that would have made him a viable replacement when cash rich clubs come knocking.

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Looking at the right players

If nothing else, his impact at the Blades is proof that we are shopping in the right markets when it comes to potential signings.

Obviously the deal didn’t quite work for Celtic or we would have committed to his pursuit. However, it bodes well in terms of our scouting moving forward.

Since our links to the 23-year-old we’ve conducted a review of scouting and recruitment process. Nick Hammond is now installed to deliver on his vision in that department.

What that throws up in the January transfer window and beyond will be exciting to see.