Celtic have apparently made an offer for Slovan Bratislava striker Andraz Sporar, despite Neil Lennon downplaying any interest in him earlier this week.
However, Slovakian media outlet Sport 24 claimed [via Video Celts] that Slovan Bratislava chief Ivan Kmotrik said Celtic had submitted “a specific offer” and shown “enormous interest” in the Slovenia international, who has been valued by his club in the €7m-€8m bracket (£5.96m-£6.8m).
One look at Sporar’s phenomenal scoring return for Slovan Bratislava this season shows why Celtic have apparently taken an interest in him.
The 25-year-old has struck 20 goals in 26 appearances for the Slovakian club so far this term, an average of 0.77 goals per game. That tally has been racked up in 2,179 minutes of game-time, which works out at one goal every 108.95 minutes.
Although 12 of those 20 goals have come in the Slovakian top flight, Sporar has also been to the fore in the Europa League. His team may have exited at the group stage but he netted five times in six games (0.83 per game) and he played all 540 minutes (one goal per 108 minutes).
To put his scoring form into context, he has been distinctly outperforming Celtic centre-forward Odsonne Edouard in front of goal this season.
The 21-year-old Frenchman goes into this weekend with a return of 14 goals from 28 matches this season, his average of 0.5 per game well below Sporar’s 0.77.
Edouard has scored fewer goals despite playing more than the Slovenian striker. The Hoops forward has had 2,258 minutes of game-time so far in 2019/20, scoring once every 161.29 minutes – which again is notably inferior to Sporar’s average.
Edouard’s goal return for Celtic has been fantastic this season and, in supplementing that with 13 assists, he has proven himself to be a hugely effective centre-forward in terms of creating chances as well as finishing them.
However, Sporar’s superb form in front of goal simply cannot be ignored, and his impressive Europa League haul should prevent any potential accusations about being merely a flat-track bully against Slovakian sides.
Also, the fee being quoted by Slovan Bratislava’s transfer chief is less than the £9m that Celtic paid for Edouard (as per Sky Sports), so the Hoops should definitely try to do all they can to entice the Slovenian to Parkhead.
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