Celtic are expected to instigate a bid in the summer transfer window for winger Josh Murphy, according to The Scottish Sun.
The newspaper claimed that Hoops manager Neil Lennon had tried to sign the 24-year-old from Cardiff on January’s deadline day and are set to renew their interest in the £11m-rated attacker, who is contracted to the English Championship club until 2022, once the summer transfer window opens.
Murphy has not been especially prolific for Cardiff this season, scoring just four goals and supplying three assists in 22 appearances. He last contributed to a league goal four months ago (an assist v West Brom) although he has rediscovered his scoring touch in the FA Cup lately, netting in the 4-3 win over Carlisle and scoring twice as they exited on penalties against Reading last week. The 24-year-old plays predominantly as a left winger for the Bluebirds but can also be deployed on the right if needed. [via TransferMarkt]
Murphy’s scoring record falls short of that boasted by Celtic left wingers Mohamed Elyounoussi (seven goals, six assists) and Mikey Johnston (six goals, six assists) and is far inferior to Hoops right winger James Forrest (16 goals, 19 assists). He also contributes fewer shots per game (1.4) than the former two (Elyounoussi two, Johnston 1.5) and averages just 9.6 passes per game (with a 64.2% success rate) compared to 19 for Johnston, 29.5 for Elyounoussi and 31.6 for Forrest.
However, Lennon’s wide options have been trimmed in recent weeks by a suspected knee ligament injury incurred by Johnston and the January departures of Scott Sinclair and Lewis Morgan to Preston and Inter Miami respectively.
Would you take Josh Murphy at Celtic?
The Cardiff winger’s ability to play on both flanks, along with Celtic’s lack of depth in the wide positions, could make him an ideal transfer target for the club, although many of his statistics compare unfavourably to the wingers already at Parkhead.
Also, if the Hoops are to pay the apparent £11m valuation for him, it would represent a club record purchase, which would not seem tremendous value for money for a player whose figures are inferior to the likes of Elyounoussi, Johnston and Forrest. Murphy would be a nice option to have, given his versatility, but Celtic could well get a more prolific winger for better value elsewhere.
Celtic fans, do you think Murphy would be a good addition to the squad if the Hoops go back in for him or do you feel that he’s overpriced? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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