Earlier today, I speculated on whether or not we might see the Greek Giakoumakis play for us on Saturday in the starting eleven.
Turns out that today he received a bit of a push by one the officials at his former club, who has predicted that he will do well for us.
“He is very good, very effective,” Director of Football of the Dutch side VVV Venlo, Stan Valckx, said of the player he signed. “I don’t think it is unrealistic to say that between now and the end of the season he can score between 15 and 20 goals in Scotland.”
I’d have to agree.
Playing in Celtic’s full-throated attacking team there is no reason at all that we shouldn’t be looking for him to pick up that many, and prove to the media that we are not over reliant on one player, the Japanese Bhoy.
“Celtic is a big club of course in an interesting league. It’s a physical league, but normally I would expect him to be in the box more than he was with Venlo. We’re a small club and we have to defend more,” he said.
And that should be the warning for those who have said that the signing might be a flop. It seems unlikely to me.
Valckx talked about his array of skills. “He scored from all sorts of angles, with his left foot, right foot, bicycle kicks, quite a lot of headers. He had a real diversity in the ways he was able to finish. In the box, he is very good, very effective.”
All this has reawakened the excitement I felt when I first heard that we were signing Holland’s top scorer.
That our club has been presented with such an opportunity is extraordinary, and the media’s complete ignorance of what this guy may well be able to give us has fed into the idea that we are somehow a declining force, a shadow of what we were.
Well, if this guy is even half as good as he sounds they are in for one Hell of a shock, and I for one cannot wait until the first time that becomes obvious.