Celtic pundit Russell Boyce has recently talked about Albian Ajeti’s current situation at the Parkhead-based club.
Boyce appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the Celtic strikers and Boyce gave his opinion about Ajeti. The pundit feels that the Swiss striker happens to be a ‘conundrum’ and he doesn’t look motivated at this point.
Ajeti had joined Celtic in the summer transfer window for a fee of £4.5 million, but the move came about after the striker’s move to Parkhead had initially stalled. During his time at West Ham, the Swiss forward had made only nine Premier League appearances and hadn’t scored even once.
Has Ajeti been a poor signing for Celtic?
Boyce believes that Ajeti seems to have fallen away badly at Celtic, even though he had started brightly.
He said: “I mean, Ajeti’s a conundrum to me, he really is – I don’t understand. He looked deadly when he first joined. Despite the fact that there was the whole match fitness element to him, when he played, [he had] the predator instinct.
“He seems to have fallen away badly and again, he can’t get match-fit, because he can’t get on the pitch. He doesn’t look as motivated when he comes on. A couple of shots of the camera on him in the game against Hamilton, he did just look a wee bit despondent, in my opinion.”
TIF Thoughts on Russell Boyce’s comments on Albian Ajeti…
In the current campaign, Ajeti has scored only five times for the Bhoys while picking up three assists. All five of those goals have come in the Premiership. His last league goal though, came way back in September in a game against Hibernian (as per Transfermarkt).
This clearly shows that his form hasn’t exactly been great in recent months and because of that, he deserves criticism for it. Considering the fact that the Hoops shelled out a fee of £4.5 million to sign the Swiss striker though, perhaps Celtic fans should be patient with Ajeti. His goalscoring record at Basel was impressive and that might be an indication of the fact that with time, Ajeti might still come good at Parkhead.