Oh, Diego Laxalt.
The AC Milan left winger arrived at Celtic to a fair amount of intrigue. A Uruguayan international, Laxalt had done enough in his career to convince the Rossoneri, and plenty of others, to secure his services. A roving left-sided player, who ostensibly could play anywhere on the flank, he looked ideal for Neil Lennon’s 3-5-2.
And in fairness, he did start well for us. Fans enjoyed the likeable winger’s energy and stamina. However, the Fortnite enthusiast [Daily Record] endured a difficult spell overall with the Bhoys. By the time Neil Lennon left, Laxalt was in and out of the team. The move to a back 4 didn’t entirely suit the Uruguayan, and Greg Taylor build some considerable form.
In the end, his spell was disappointing. And it’s yielded disappointment for AC Milan, too. At one point, the Serie A giants had hoped for £9m for the international [Sky Sports].
However, according to website Gianluca Di Marzo and journalist Nicolò Shira, they’re going to sell Diego Laxalt for far less than they’d hoped:
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) June 10, 2021
The weird career of Diego Laxalt continues in earnest
At 28, Dinamo Moscow will be Laxalt’s 9th club. He’s played for Defensor, both Milan sides, Empoli, Genoa, Torino, Bologna, Celtic and soon, Dinamo. That’s a lot of movement, and it shows Celtic would’ve been taking a bit of a risk if they wanted to bring him in permanently.
However, that became unjustifiable when Diego Laxalt’s performances significantly dropped off. Despite some impressive early outings, particularly in his debut against Rangers, tactical changes made the Uruguayan’s life difficult. He just never looked suited to be a recognised left-back.
Perhaps leaving Serie A on a permanent basis will give him the boost he needs. It’s more than a bit concerning that a player’s value can decrease by nearly two-thirds from a bad season at Celtic, though.