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Celtic’s Portuguese Bhoy Is Probably The Most Exciting Signing Of The Window.

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The window was a good one Celtic, and it has given us options where we once didn’t have any.

This is especially true in the wide areas and up front, where we have more firepower than I’ve seen at in a while.

Kyogo and Abada have already dazzled us.

The big Greek striker should make a major difference. But it’s Jota who most excites me.

There are times in football where you just get lucky as a club. Sometimes real quality comes your way who under different circumstances you wouldn’t get near. Jota gives me every impression that this is going to be one of them.

When I watch the footage of this guy and read about how highly rated he was not that long ago I harbour the suspicion that the best thing that’s happened to us in a while is that he went out on loan to a relegation battler.

Had he gone to a team that played expansive attacking football in an effective way I don’t think we’d have got near this guy.

We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate here.

Now we have to parlay that good fortune into gold.

Even his future transfer fee, and the size of the sell-on clause, suggests that there’s something special to be had here. It’s an even bigger clause than was in Eddie’s deal, which is a measure of how highly rated he is.

I am surprised that Benfica are including a future transfer clause.

This, if you’ll pardon me a moment of humour, is their Jack Hendry moment.

This guy excites me because, as he pointed out today, he can play right across the top of the pitch, which gives us more options than ever. He excites me because his primary skill is running with the ball.

He has great first touch, a lot like Kyogo. He can score goals too.

We have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.

We’ve not seen him or Giakoumakis, and fans will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to do so. The weekend’s game is exciting that reason, but as much as I’m looking forward to watching Holland’s top scorer from the last campaign I’m really to see our bhoy from Benfica.

His performances the Portuguese Under 17’s and Under 19’s have earned rave reviews, and the attention of some much bigger clubs.

Like a lot of other tremendous talents, lack of games has set him back some.

But he’ll play us, as he played in Spain.

If Ange can unlock even half of his talent we’re on a winner. His pedigree is perfect. The only reason we’re getting near him is that Benfica chose the wrong club to send him to last season. With our style of play we are a much better fit.

I really believe this is going to be something to see.

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4 comments

  • jrm63 says:

    Carter-Vickers is an interesting acquisition. Jota’s record in terms of goals/assists is average. The one which interests me more is the Greek striker. No record of any note prior to last season. No one other than relegated Bremen willing to pay 2million Euros for the top scorer in the Dutch first division? What is that about? To say I am curious about seeing how this guy performs is an understatement.

  • kirikocho blazes says:

    I am dead against Loan Deals, in principle, after what I saw at Celtic last season. Fringe players at other Clubs get starting berths written into their “Loan” contracts. So and so will start twenty games. “Oh Yes, Oh Yes. Just Give Us the Player On Loan Please”. It is a convenient, but temporary “Fix” for the Board because it “Looks Good” on and for them! But after the Loan spell ends, the player walks away and takes all that experience and game time they’ve gained – and we have given them – with them! That is lost on them, to the detriment of our Club and we have to start all over again with a new player. It is a bit like a gambler who can’t stop! If we believe in Celtic we should not take Loan Signings because they are detrimental to our Club. The boy has talent, but for every thousand that’s got talent, there’s one that makes it in football. It’ is a gamble and one that we don’t have to take!

  • Seosamh says:

    watched him for a while, a new Tierney perhaps. This team is shaping up well

  • SSMPM says:

    Not really keen on loans just for gap filling our lack of ambition.
    In principle, as with CCV if the loan is a transition to a permanent move and we’ve had a year to assess that the permanent move is fit for purpose/worth the investment then its to our longer term benefit. Unless of course the player doesn’t want to sign after that year because he’s had such a good year and in the spotlight. HH

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