Celtic Face Stiff Competition In Pursuit Of This Super Eagles Whizkid: Can Lennon Lure Him To Parkhead?

According to a report from the Daily Post, as cited by the Daily Record, Celtic are being linked with a move for highly-rated teenager Adrian Akande. The 16-year-old recently parted ways with Chelsea. However, it has been reported that Akande has already trained and trialled for Rangers. The Nigerian is a winger by trade, and he has represented Nigeria’s u-17 side during the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Akande made his debut for Chelsea’s u-23 side when he was just 15. The winger has also trained with the likes of West Ham United and German outfit, Hoffenheim. Premier League heavyweights like Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest. It is a testament to Akande’s talents that so many big clubs are chasing him. Celtic will hope that they can get him in the future as the winger could become a future star at Parkhead. Also, the fact that he played for Chelsea’s u-23 side when he was just 15 suggests that he is an exceptional talent in the making.

Akande’s agent describes his style and potential

The winger is said to have scored (All Nigeria Soccer) 30 goals and assisted 22 times in 42 games for the Blues’ youth teams last season. Former Millwall player Tobi Alabi and his current agent described him as someone who has no weaknesses. Alabi explained Akande’s talent and said, ”Adrian has been called for five England camps and has rejected all of them in hope of playing for Nigeria.”

 

”He plays like Hazard and Barcelona’s Dembele. He is two-footed, very quick and strong on the ball. He can score the same, with both right foot and left foot and he is a hard worker. He has no weaknesses. I saw a mention that defensively he isn’t strong, but he’s not a defender, he’s an attacker, so his defensive capabilities aren’t important, of course, he will work hard for his team, but he’s not a defender. ”
 
It’s true that his agent might be overestimating and selling the player as a prodigious talent, but there must be some truth to his claims as his record at the youth level is simply outstanding. Moreover, playing for Chelsea’s u-23 team at 15 must be no joke.

Can Celtic lure him?

Celtic will likely have a tough battle on their hands to lure him. However, the Hoops have a great history of promoting young talent over the years. Karamoko Dembele was given a debut last season by Lennon even though he was just 16. Hence, Akande might be lured to Parkhead in the hope of finding first-team football much sooner. It will undeniably be a major coup for the Bhoys if they can get him with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham also interested.

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