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Celtic’s year has been an absolute whirlwind.
Due to the current pandemic around us, the Scottish season shortened early. Thus, the Hoops took home the league title thanks to their emphatic leadership at the top of the table.
Since then, they have had aspirations to win a 10th consecutive national crown. That, however, seems like an unlikely dream, mainly because the Rangers are 11 points ahead.
Being so far behind its rivals has been unthinkable in the last decade but it is clear that not everything has been done well in 2020.
On the transfer front, things have been unimpressive too. The Hoops missed the likes of Joe hart, Ivan toney spirit Fraser Forster in the summer, but we want to focus on someone who did not hire in January.
Almost 12 months ago it was reported that Celtic had been Offered the chance to sign Ian Poveda at Manchester City. Lo and behold, Nick Hammond failed to pull out his checkbook and instead signed for Leeds United.
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The fast prodigy started only once last season, so it didn’t initially seem like a loss. However, Poveda’s vibrant cameos from the substitute bench in 2020/21 lead us to believe that he would have contributed a lot to the Celtic team.
Of course, the vast majority of their problems lie on defense, but Celtic aren’t quite as scorer as they were last year, and they couldn’t find the net against Ross County last weekend.
Although Poveda has yet to score a goal for Leeds, it resembles the qualities Daniel Arzani displayed for Celtic. Both tiny wingers with tough skills, the Australian unfortunately had a period of injury in Glasgow and played only twice.
Basketball fans had no clear idea of his ability, but he is a great dribbler, as is Poveda, someone who could have made up for the loss of Arzani when he returned to Manchester City.
Both have been through the City academy and, given their technical attributes, it’s clear why.
According to Twenty3, Arzani has achieved 13.85 Successful dribbling every 90 minutes for FC Utrecht in the Netherlands. On the other hand, Poveda has registered 9.61 on the same metric.
In terms of touches in the opposing penalty area, the Leeds winger is ahead by quite a distance: 5.56 to 1.15. Coincidentally, they are very similar in terms of the number of accelerations they perform in an average of 90 minutes. Arzani has 3.46 compared to Poveda’s loot of 3.03.
Considering that Poveda was acquired in a free transfer, you can’t help but feel like Hammond and Celtic lost a trick here.
After all, Pep Guardiola Once said the 20-year-old had “incredible power of development.”
It’s one that definitely got away.
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