This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Back in July 2013, Celtic bought Guinea-Bissau international Amido Balde from Portuguese side Vitória Guimarães SC for £1.58 million, via Transfermarkt. Even though this does not sound like a big fee for the striker, at the time he signed, he was in the top 20 most expensive forwards signed by the club throughout their history. His career at the Scottish side proved to be a failure though and highlighted that he was a total dud.
Was Amido Balde a waste of money?
The striker was picked a lot during his first campaign at the Hoops, as he made 23 appearances in all competitions. However he struggled to find the net and only scored three goals, via Transfermarkt, which is a very poor return. At the time, he was only 22, so the club thought it would be best to send him out on loan and hopefully at a temporary club, he could gain some much needed experience and confidence to come back to Scotland and excel.
However his moves to Belgian side Waasland-Beveren in 2014 and Israeli outfit Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2015 did not work out as planned as he made a combined 24 appearances for them and only managed to score one goal, per Transfermarkt.
Clearly the Celts were not impressed by the poor loan stints, and he never played again for the club after his first season there. Balde eventually moved on to Ligue 1 side FC Metz on a free in 2015, per Transfermarkt, so the club actually lost money on the player which further highlights how he was a very poor signing for the Hoops.
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