According to the latest reports from Daily Record, Celtic are monitoring the situation of Stoke City’s striker Tyrese Campbell. The 19-year-old is already in the final few months of his contract with the Championship outfit. It is believed that the young striker could just cost £350,000 in the January transfer window. However, Stoke City’s new manager Michael O’Neill is keen to keep him even though there are rumours that some clubs are chasing Campbell’s signature.
Campbell has made 13 appearances in the Championship so far this season and has managed one goal. The young striker is an England u-20 striker, and he had spent the second half of last season on loan with Shrewsbury Town in the League One. The striker managed five goals there. At Stoke, he is still trying to prove himself, and he is not yet a regular starter for the club
Why Celtic need a striker?
With the January transfer window now approaching, it is no surprise that Celtic are on the lookout for a striker. Lennon has relied heavily on Odsonne Edouard, but apart from him, nobody has pulled their weight in the attack.
Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo are the other two designated strikers in the roster, but the duo has struggled with injuries. Even when they have been available, they have looked rusty. Griffiths is a more experienced and proven striker and the Hoops faithful would hope that he can get to his best soon.
However, that shouldn’t stop Lennon from doing a deal for a striker in January. He had to rely on Lewis Morgan in some of the games to start upfront even though he is not a natural striker.
What can Campbell bring to the table?
Campbell’s standout assets are his strength and pace, and he can make good runs between the channels. Built wise, he is very similar to Odsonne Edouard. However, his record for Stoke hasn’t been too eye-catching, to say the least.
One might understand why Celtic could be looking at a striker like Campbell as he is someone who can hold up play and stretch the game with his runs. However, his ability to score goals is still under the scanner. Celtic must hope that he doesn’t turn out to be another Bayo kind of signing as the Ivory Coast ace has looked extremely raw so far. For the mentioned price, Campbell is worth going after but Celtic shouldn’t expect miracles from him straightaway.
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