Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson believes that Celtic have pulled off an “amazing bit of recruitment” following the arrival of striker Giorgios Giakoumakis from VVV-Venlo.
The Lowdown: Giakoumakis arrives with a big reputation
Playing his part in an outstanding 2020/21 campaign, the Greece international earned headlines after finishing as top scorer in the Eredivisie with 26 goals [The Scotsman].
After completing a move to Glasgow on deadline day, former Tottenham goalkeeper Robinson believes that the Hoops have landed a bargain in the 26-year-old as they seek to reclaim the Premiership title.
Will Giakoumakis succeed at Celtic?
The Latest: Robinson hails ‘amazing bit of recruitment’
It appears that Celtic may have brought in the forward for a fraction of his former club’s valuation, too.
Speaking to The Celtic Exchange Podcast, journalist Anthony Joseph detailed that Giakoumakis would likely have cost £8.6m to bring to Parkhead if VVV-Venlo had managed to avoid relegation from the Dutch top flight.
Eventually acquiring him for around £2.5m [The Scottish Sun], Robinson believes that Celtic have pulled off a wonderful capture.
In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the 41-year-old claimed: “It was an incredible achievement to finish top scorer in a relegated side. It shows that he is a very good striker.
“For the price that they’ve paid it looks like an amazing bit of recruitment.
“Of course, there is a different level of expectation and pressure at Celtic though. It will be a big test for him, playing in front of those fans.
“From Celtic’s point of view though, it is not a risk because the fee is very reasonable.”
The Verdict: Giakoumakis has the requisite qualities to succeed at Celtic
Despite his goalscoring exploits in mainland Europe, Robinson correctly points out the high standards that Giakoumakis will need to meet on a weekly basis at Celtic.
However, the 6 foot 1 ace looks more than equipped to make a solid start to life in Scotland. He brings a bustling physical presence to the attack, illustrated in his average aerial duel success rate of four per game last season [WhoScored].
Perhaps most importantly, the Greek also offers a potent goal threat. In 2020/21, he managed to constantly provide an attacking threat for a poor VVV-Venlo outfit, registering 3.2 shots on average per game.
Currently getting up to speed fitness wise, Hoops supporters will hope he can hit the ground running in the east end of Glasgow.
In other news, a prominent Celtic journalist has issued a behind-the-scenes update. Find out more here.
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