Stoke City could be about to wave goodbye to Tyrese Campbell if recent reports are anything to go by.
According to the Daily Record, Celtic are keeping tabs on the forward ahead of a potential swoop next summer.
Campbell, who joined Stoke’s youth set-up from Manchester City for a fee thought to be in the region of £1.75m in 2016, could leave the club for a compensation fee of £350,000 due to the fact his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Before making a definitive decision on Campbell’s future, Potters manager Michael O’Neill must consider whether his side will be able to cope without the teenager’s presence at the bet365 Stadium.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to Stoke sanctioning the forward’s departure by assessing his career to date.
Check them out below…
He has yet to produce the goods on a consistent basis in the Championship
Following an impressive loan spell at Shrewsbury Town last season which resulted in him scoring in five occasions in League One, Campbell would have been hoping to take the Championship by storm this season.
However, this hasn’t been the case as the forward has struggled to force his way into the Potters’ starting eleven due to the presence of Lee Gregory and Sam Vokes.
With the jury still out on whether the forward is good enough to play week-in, week-out at this level, Stoke ought to consider letting him go if he isn’t willing to commit his future to the club.
Stoke could use the money gained from his departure to reinvest elsewhere
Although the Potters will not receive a sizeable fee for Campbell due to his current contract situation, they could still use the money generated from his sale to re-invest in their squad.
Given that Stoke are facing the prospect of a relegation battle this season, it is imperative that O’Neill gets his recruitment spot on in January as a failure to do could hamper his side’s chances of survival next May.
He has illustrated some real signs of promise this season for the Potters
Whilst Campbell has mainly been limited to substitute appearances during the current campaign, the forward has still been able to illustrate some real signs of promise for Stoke.
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Particularly impressive in their clashes with Fulham and Leeds United, the England Under-20 international will be determined to prove his worth to O’Neill over the coming weeks in the Championship.
If Campbell does pick up his performance levels, Stoke ought to consider offering him a new deal in the not too distant future.
There is no guarantee that Stoke will be able to sign a sufficient replacement
If the Potters do cut ties with Campbell, there is no guarantee that they will be able to bring a sufficient replacement for the 19-year-old who unquestionably possesses an abundance of talent.
With quality players at Championship level now demanding hefty fees, Stoke could be forced to pay over the odds for a new striker which may not be financially sustainable.