Rating the summer window pt1
The start of a new window feels like the ideal time to analyse the previous one, so with that in mind each of the terrific trio casts their eye over a quartet.
Todays SES gives us his appraisal’s.
12 registered players (Summer ’21)
4 of the 12 registered players in Summer of 2021 have made a contribution to team results & performances.
Josip Juranović (26) Croatian pronunciation: [jǒsip jurǎːnoʋitɕ]
Born in the Zagreb district of Dubrava in 1995. an established fullback with Croatian national team currently ranked #15 FIFA and #11 UEFA.
Stats on various sites are misleading, as he reputedly scored 14 goals in 36 games for his first local senior club Dubrava, before joining Hadjuk Split where he only scored 3 goals in 134 games. Which seems odd?
His only goal for Legia Warsaw in his 28 Appearance was this absolute stoatir in his last game before joining Celtic. It’s interesting that it was in a European tie…
“Juranovic…oh my god” ( scroll to approx 1 minute )
Wikipedia have him playing 15 games for Croatia with no goals and 15 games for Celtic with only 1 goal.
Sky site have him as an attacking midfielder
UEFA consider him playing 7 games for Croatia with an average of 83 mins per game completed and 3.4 block tackles retrieved.
What isn’t in doubt is that we have secured a bona fide seasoned international with a top flight country.
When he signed my first thought were hugely positive.. Croats are know for being tough and technical with a fair bit of silky skill. His goal scoring record, if it was correct, was encouraging for a FB.
His Celtic stats:
Signed Summer 2021 for c. £2.5m on a 5 year contract.
21 appearances; 19 starts; 3 goals ( Betis; St Johnstone; Bayer Leverkusen all pens.)
To date he has contributed well and the only concern is how long it took to secure the right-sided berth, as surprisingly, he didn’t look at all comfortable using his left (standing ) foot in the Left FB role.
Verdict: Fairly sure we have still to see the best of this bhoy in the 2nd half of the season – takes absolutely no nonsense and hopefully can entice more of his countrymen to Paradise. A great value buy and huge credit to everyone involved. 7 ouuta 10.
Josip ‘Dinky’ Juranović
Giorgos Giakoumakis Γιώργος Γιακουμάκης; (27) born 9 December 1994 in Heraklion, Crete, the same town as Gorgeous Giorgos Samaras.
A Greek international with 6 caps and 1 goal in his debut versus Cyprus in 2020
His goal scoring record at Netherlands’ Eredivisie club VVV Venlos in the season before joining Celtic is frankly, astonishing. 26 goals in 30 games ranks with the very best players on a country blessed with great goal scorers.
In the 21st Century they only other player who has scored 4 goals in 2 league games in the same season was Luis Saúrez (Ajax, Liverpool, Barca).
His record of 11 goals scored in one month can only be bettered by Marco van Basten (12 at Ajax) and we have to go back to 1985 for that information.
His club were relegated form the Eredivisie, however he managed to remain the top scorer in the league.
Which begs the question, why did more clubs not want to buy him?
At 186 cm 6’1″ a few of us thought he might (finally) fulfil the occasional requirement to get stuck right into SPFL defenders and win some heedies…
His Celtic stats:
Signed for c£2.5m in Summer 2021 on a 5 year contract.
8 appearances; 2 starts; 1 goal ( St Johnstone – a converted pass from Ralston):
From the average 34.5 mins per game we have seen GMac he did seem to understand how to hold up the ball and win useful Free Kicks – his solitary goal was well taken. On the other hand he looked like a player who was a bit out of sorts or finding it difficult to adapt to Ange’ style of play.
Verdict: Feel it is far too early to judge the guy and he has a lot to do in the 2nd half of the season to justify a 5 year deal. 5 otta 10.
The other two players in my list are loan deals, and feel it’s difficult to assess them in the context that we may not have them around much longer. I don’t ever buy into the “option to buy” malarkey… try before you buy is a bloody weak excuse for failing to do your homework, or not trusting your own judgement/process/hiring procedures.
It reeks of amateurism – unnecessary turbulence for the manager and how he can be expected to plan for next season with all the uncertainty is baffling.
Having said all of that…
The contributions of Jota and Carter-Vickers have been fundamental to the relative success of the team in 1st Half of the season.
Combined -they have scored 10 goals or 15% of our competitive 66 to date. When we factor in the 6 assists from Jota they are involved in 25% of all goals scored.
Jota adds creativity and style with an unbelievable work-rate matched only by Kyogo. A wonderful player.
Carter-Vickers tidy tackling and decent positional awareness has contributed hugely to the best defensive record in the SPFL (12 goals lost) and was probably signed at the prompting of Joe Hart, who clearly likes to play behind him and this offers hope he may be offered a deal. He would absolutely benefit from playing beside a tall, quick, left-sided CH partner…. but they could all say that.
Jota 9 outta 10.
CCV 8 outta 10.
If there is any sense in the Executive function at Celtic Park both of these players will be announced as permanent this January.
Sadly, the noises from the Jota camp in particular aren’t encouraging.
We live in hope…