With Marseille continuing their interest, Celtic fans should know that selling Moussa Dembele wouldn’t be the disaster it was two years ago.
These days, the Frenchman is struggling to hit the form the supporters expect from him. This has also coincided with a drop in form from the team that’s brought much negativity to the club.
With Marseille heavily interested in taking the young striker back to France, losing the forward could now be a real possibility. However, what has Dembele done lately to suggest he simply cannot go?
Sure, there’s no doubting losing Dembele would lead to a decrease in the quality of the squad. With only Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard available as the two forwards, options would be limited. Celtic would need to find a replacement and quickly.
However, what has the 22-year-old former PSG starlet done for Celtic lately?
No Moussa magic
Other than show a tendency to be injury-prone, Dembele has been quiet so far this season. Last year also wasn’t a campaign to remember for the former Fulham man.
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Injury has curtailed his Celtic career and his own development in recent times. Added to that, the Frenchman just doesn’t look a sharp when on the ball as he did two years ago.
Taking Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Hamilton into account, Dembele couldn’t link-up whatsoever with Griffiths. As well as that, moves continuously broke down with the French forward as he struggled to move with the same pace and energy he’s known for.
Unless he’s facing Rangers or a Champions League side, Dembele just doesn’t have that same effect.
With Rangers’ revival simmering nicely for them under Steven Gerrard, Celtic need to be up for every game this season. Where as last season the Hoops were able to drop points all over the place, they could be punished this term.
By no means should the club look to encourage moves for their front-man. As stated previously, Celtic only have two forward options outside of him. The squad would lessen in quality and in depth.
However, to act as though it would be a disaster to lose him? No chance.