Football Insider pundit Alex McLeish has been reacting to details of Celtic’s move for striker Georgios Giakoumakis.
The Lowdown: Giakoumakis details
The 26-year-old cost Celtic £2.5m, but if VVV-Venlo weren’t relegated from the Eredivisie last season, they would’ve asked for £8.58m (€10m) for the striker’s services.
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The Latest: McLeish’s comments
McLeish was asked for his thoughts by Football Insider on Giakoumakis’ £6m price drop. This is what he had to say in reply, believing the Hoops may have got themselves a bargain:
“Well, it remains to be seen. We’ll assess the guy’s level.
“I tend to think that when you’re coming from Holland and you’ve excelled against some of the top teams, then it does seem to be a good signing.
“The fact that Venlo were relegated and for it to go from €10million to £2.5million is some bit of business.
“That’s if he can live up to the reputation that he has shown in the Dutch Eredivisie.”
The Verdict: Magic from McKay?
The Hoops parted ways with Odsonne Edouard after bringing in Giakoumakis, selling the Frenchman to Crystal Palace. That transfer could be worth £20m in total, so Dominic McKay could end up with a £17.5m profit when it comes to late deals on centre-forwards.
Of course, Giakoumakis needs to impress to make it a shrewd piece of business, but if he can replicate his 2020/21 form (26 goals in 30 league games) in Scotland, a transfer will surely be viewed as a bargain, as McLeish has suggested.
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