Report: Celtic interested in move for "phenom" Championship winger Siriki Dembele
Celtic are reportedly targeting Peterborough United winger Siriki Dembélé as part of their summer transfer activity, according to GiveMeSport.
The 24-year-old had previously been linked with the Hoops in January alongside Glasgow rivals Rangers [Daily Record]. Whereas now, Dembélé may be viewed as an ideal signing for the Parkhead club, due to the multiple senior outgoings expected this window.
His contract expires in June 2022, meaning the Celts could land the talented winger on a cut price deal [Peterborough Telegraph].
Of course, he is indeed the brother of teenage sensation Karamoko Dembélé, which would excite the Celtic fans considerably.
Hopefully, any move for the London-born man would confirm that attacking flair and effective dribbling traits run in the family.
What qualities would Siriki Dembélé bring to the Celtic side?
Positionally, the former Grimsby man is capable of performing in multiple different areas. Predominantly used as a centre-forward this campaign, Dembélé has also slotted into left-wing and attacking midfield slots. His versatility could be of great use to Celtic, he could potentially replace Odsonne Edouard if he leaves Celtic Park.
Additionally, he could also provide a long-term replacement on the left-wing if the Celts do not sign Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently.
Carrying an ability to beat a man as well as a scoring threat, Dembélé would excel in the Scottish Premiership. Statistically, he had obtained an impressive 7 goals and 12 assists in 33 Sky Bet League one fixtures [Transfermarkt].
Described as a ‘League One phenom’ by Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony [Peterborough Today], his stock is rising substantially as a player. With Newcastle United also rumoured to be circling, the Celts will need to act quickly to secure his signature [Peterborough Telegraph].
Averaging a rate of 3.3 completed dribbles a game, he has established himself as one of the finest dribblers in the English Football League [WhoScored]. Prospectively, he would be surrounded by superior footballers at the Celts. This may lead to a substantial increase in his goal contribution ratio and dribbling figures. Dembélé should be considered as a no-brainer signing moving forward to 2021/22.
Also eligible for the Scottish national team, this may not be the last time we hear about the gifted wide-man.