Celtic manager Neil Lennon has indicated that forwards will be his priority in the January transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reported comments from the manager stating that he is looking to bolster his attacking options, with Lennon saying: “We are looking at the forward area, that may be the one area we are looking [to] strengthen.”
The 48-year-old made that remark in the context of responding to a question at the club’s AGM yesterday about the possibility of Victor Wanyama returning to Celtic, with Lennon replying that he would like to have the Kenyan at Parkhead but saying that he is not looking to add to his midfield options. [via The Scottish Sun]
Lennon’s targeting of forwards in the January transfer window may seem peculiar in the context of Celtic having three players surpassing the 10-goal mark this season and scoring 40 goals in 13 Premiership games, already more than halfway to last term’s total of 77 in the league.
Also, the Hoops have scored five or more goals in no fewer than six matches this season and put four past Livingston last weekend. [via TransferMarkt]
However, of their six leading scorers so far in 2019/20, only one is a centre-forward, with Odsonne Edouard on target 13 times prior to tonight’s Europa League clash against Rennes. [via TransferMarkt]
The Hoops’ next most prolific striker is Leigh Griffiths with three for the season, but he is only coming back now after nearly three months out injured and a lengthy spell away from football earlier this year as he took time out for personal reasons.
The manager will also be aware of the interest that Edouard has generated from clubs around Europe, with the Daily Mail claiming that Napoli were prepared to pay £30m for him last summer and The Scottish Sun reporting recently that Crystal Palace have identified him as a transfer target.
Celtic have plenty of goals from the attacking midfield area, with James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi netting 32 between them this season ahead of tonight’s game against Rennes.
However, with Griffiths playing very little football in 2019 and Bayo and Afolabi seemingly way off regular first team contention, it should come as no surprise that Lennon wants to bring in another centre-forward, especially if European interest in Edouard grows stronger in the next year.
Celtic fans, do you think that Lennon is right to look at the forward area as a transfer priority in January or are there other positions which need more urgent attention? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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