This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill faces a decision in January, with Celtic looking at his striker Tyrese Campbell, according to a report in the Daily Record, though the Hoops are just one of a number of clubs keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old’s situation as he moves into the last six months of his contract.
The England Under-20s star is yet to commit his future to the Potters and it’s believed interest across the UK is growing in the striker, who has scored four goals in two U23 outings so far this season.
So would Campbell prove a good addition at Celtic Park and is he good enough for them?
“At just 19-years-old, this could be a smart move from Celtic to add more depth to their squad behind Odsonne Eduoard, with a view to the future rather than now.
“He has shown great promise for Stoke early in his career with four goals in two games for their under-23s side this season and getting his first league goal for the Potters in their 2-0 win over Fulham.
“Celtic are in a strong position at the minute as they push for their tenth league title in a row and their first-team squad is strong enough to battle into the knockout stages of the Europa League, meaning investment for the future could be their priority.
“While Campbell might not be good enough to lead the line at Celtic at the minute, this signing would be made with a view to the future in the hope he can improve greatly in the coming years.”
“I certainly have reservations about this, as the young striker would struggle to get into Celtic’s side at present due to the form of Edouard and the presence of Griffths.
“You can certainly understand why a move to Celtic Park would appeal to the youngster, with several young EFL prospects making the move north of the border going on to have successful careers in Glasgow.
“He would provide Celtic with pace and a threat in behind the opposition defence, perhaps in theory offering something different to what they already have available to them up top.
“He would also give Neil Lennon the option of starting with a front two as opposed to just one up front, with Campbell capable of operating as both a number nine and as a support striker.”
Would Tyrese Campbell prove a good addition at Celtic Park?
“Campbell has shown some glimpses of his quality for Stoke this season, but these have been all too infrequent, and the fact he has not yet featured since Michael O’Neill’s arrival means his days at Stoke could be numbered.
“The 19-year-old is capable of providing some serious quality when he is playing at his best, but there are question marks surrounding his work rate and attitude, which are particular issues for a side battling relegation.
“It could be a good move for the forward to head north of the border to Celtic, as this could see him enhance his development, but I’m not convinced he would be able to break into the Celtic starting line-up.
“He would surely be used as a back-up option for Neil Lennon’s side, and I just wonder whether he would be better off finding a club where he is likely to be playing regular football.”