Timothy Weah looks set to leave PSG and join another French club. The 19-year-old is reported to be joining Champions League bound Lille after they had an offer accepted for his services.
L’Equipe report that the Ligue 1 side have had a €10million bid accepted and will offer the USA international a five-year contract.
Weah spent the second-half of last season on loan at Celtic. He featured 18 times under two managers, scoring four goals. The teenagers’ time at the club got off to the perfect start when he netted two goals on his first two substitute appearances.
However, he gradually saw less and less playing time as the season went on and his loan spell was cut short after an incident with Hoops manager Neil Lennon.
Have Celtic missed out?
Weah’s proposed fee translates to around £8.9million. That’s less than the reported amount we splashed on Odsonne Edouard this time last summer. Both enjoyed prior loan spells at the club and seemed willing to return permanently if the chance came up.
The American didn’t have quite the same impact as Edouard but it was clear to see that he possessed immense ability. He had pace, a good first touch, a neat finish and was always willing to get involved in the ugly side of the game. Those are all attributes we want at the club.
Like Edouard, he would have known what to expect when joining. Weah wouldn’t have been fazed by the size of Celtic Park or the less glamorous surroundings of some of the other Premiership grounds. There’s a good chance he would have hit the ground running if the club put their faith in him.
At 19-years-old he’s only going to get better too. There’s already a huge buzz around the kid, due mainly to his father George, so clubs would be interested if they saw him do well.
We signed Edouard for roughly £9million last season. He’s probably doubled his valuation with one good season at the club. Weah could well have done likewise. Years from now, we may look at him as the one that got away.