21x possession lost: £5m flop severely let Celtic down last night, he needs to be axed – opinion
This summer will be an almighty one for Celtic and everyone associated with the Bhoys.
They are facing a mass exodus of players while the Hoops are still yet to announce a new manager or director of football.
Given the upheaval that could happen, it beggars belief that they haven’t brought in a new boss yet.
With Diego Laxalt and Jonjoe Kenny faltering, their futures are perhaps more uncertain than Mohamed Elyounoussi’s.
At times this term, the Norwegian has been a shining light. He is their second top scorer on 17 strikes but he has a horrible tendency to blow hot and cold. If anyone defined inconsistency in the Celtic side, it would be him.
A £5m permanent fee has been touted for his services but it would be a surprise if the new hierarchy at Celtic took that offer up.
After all, his performances in the last two games have shown he isn’t worth splashing the cash on. The winger missed a glaring opportunity in the Old Firm and then coasted through their 1-1 draw with Aberdeen without doing much.
Elyounoussi did provide a peach of a delivery for Leigh Griffith’s last gasp equaliser but in the 92 minutes that fell before that, he was abject and on the periphery of proceedings.
He surrendered possession a considerable 21 times throughout the contest; a number that only Florian Kamberi on the opposition could usurp.
It was a pretty average night for the Southampton loanee who found a target with just 50% of his crosses and failed to provide Celtic with the spark required to win the game.
Of course, Odsonne Edouard was guilty of missing several opportunities but those chances were mainly provided courtesy of Jonjoe Kenny and David Turnbull.
As far as his goalscoring threat goes, Elyounoussi didn’t provide much either. He managed three shots, two of which were blocked while the other one was off target.
It’s highly unlikely that the Norway international will be at Paradise next term, so with that in mind, John Kennedy simply has to axe him from the starting XI.
When the Hoops have such a promising young talent in Karamoko Dembele on the bench, they must unleash him more often; it might just sway contract negotiations.
AND in other news, Major twist may be on the cards in Celtic manager hunt, it’s a hammer blow for Desmond …
Source: Football – Football Fan Cast