Our former stalwart Kristopher Ajer found a new home in Brentford, a London based club that has found itself in the top flight.
How did he get on?
Very well by all accounts, helping his new team to a very respectable mid table finish. He did have a hamstring injury which forced an absence but apart from that he’s usually on the park marshalling those around him.
“I’ve dreamt of this my whole life” he proclaimed after scoring earlier in the month, showing he always had an eye on his personal holy grail, the EPL.
An article in The Athletic claims the club missed him when injured, there’s numerous videos showing him enjoying life with his new teammates, and he’s generally happy with his big move.
I’m not sure Odsonne Edouard can say the same. The chap had a French footballing legend pry him away, a mid table EPL club to showcase his wares, and the big lights of London after a few years in Glasgow.
He got what he wanted.
Not much, so very typical.
His languid sometimes lazy style just didn’t cut it, his hard work ethos was again posted missing, and he found the bench rather than his best form.
On Thursday night he never made it onto the park, an unused substitute for a game his side lost. His new manager didn’t contemplate turning to him to save the day, a damning indictment. Another move, loan or sale, looks likely.
Young Master Christie didn’t move straight to the EPL, but one rung below it. Probably not through choice, but the Championship is one hell of a league, great attendance figures, a very hard division to escape, it’s certainly a step up from the Scottish top flight.
Despite the better environment, he excelled. Ryan became a pivotal member of the team, being involved in 11 goals ( 3 goals, 8 assists), he helped his new club Bournemouth gain promotion to the biggest league in the world, and shall surely grace that stage come September.
While many shall correctly state they prefer to focus on Celtic FC and it’s players, we should be aware of how our departed fare, for the club are judged by those they move on. Producing EPL ready players isn’t easy, but somehow we manage it. KT can hold his own down south.Throw in Stuart and big Frazer Foster and that’s 6 from recent times. Yet only Virgil shall play top flight European football again next season,,,the rest won’t.
Given this fact, and knowing they left a giant who shall dine at Europe’s top table next season,,was it the big league they wanted?
The big cup?
Or the big wages?
Only those big bhoys know.