Frank McAvennie doesn’t believe that Albian Ajeti has the metal to be the number one choice striker at Celtic this season [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Ajeti enjoys recent renaissance
Switzerland international Ajeti cut something of a peripheral figure since making his move to Parkhead from West Ham United in 2020, registering eight goals and four assists in 37 appearances [Transfermarkt].
However, he has enjoyed a recent renaissance in a Celtic jersey, scoring his first goals of the new campaign in a 3-0 win vs Ross County last Saturday [BBC].
Can Ajeti be a regular goal-scorer for Celtic this season?
The Latest: McAvennie not impressed
Despite this, McAvennie does not think that the 24-year-old will be the number one choice for Ange Postecoglou this season. In an interview with Football Insider, the 61-year-old claimed:
“I don’t think Ajeti is going to be number nine for Celtic,” he said.
“I just don’t see it, he doesn’t move enough. The way Celtic play with such high energy doesn’t suit him.
“Him getting those goals tells me he can do it, which is a big boost. It was a surprise but we need to see much more.
“Postecoglou will want him to do a lot more running and if he does that then it will only help Celtic.
“He has to do it every game though, he can’t just be a big target man, he has to move.”
The Verdict: Ajeti can be a prolific goal-scorer at Celtic despite not being a typical Postecoglou player
Correctly, McAvennie points out Ajeti’s more traditional tendencies as a number nine are possibly not stereotypically aligned with the attributes associated with an Ange Postecoglou mould of player.
The Switzerland international looks to be a poacher who enjoys taking up threatening positions as far up in attack as possible, whilst maybe lacks the intuition to act as the first line of defence through pressing and regular interceptions.
Conversely, this does not mean that Ajeti cannot frequently contribute for the Hoops at a high level. In his time at FC Basel, the 6-foot ace was extremely prolific, notching 64 goal contributions in 96 appearances; 43 goals and 21 assists [Transfermarkt].
Only time will tell with regards to whether Ajeti can keep up his recent goal-scoring form, but he certainly isn’t going to become a pressing machine overnight.
In other news, Ange Postecoglou has given a worrying injury update. Find out more here.
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