Ajeti: The Abominable Frontman


Celtic striker Albian Ajeti

I'll admit it, I thought about this headline long before Sunday's 1-1 draw with Dundee United, but I've never been able to justify using it, until now.


Tenuous links, in jest, to bipedal mythical creatures of Asian origin aside, Albian Ajeti's performance yesterday - as the only available striker in the Celtic first team - was monstrously poor.


The Swiss international joined just over a year ago for a fee of £5 million from Premiership outfit West Ham United. At the time, he was signed instead of Ivan Toney from Peterborough, and I remember thinking - as I'm sure many other fans did - that the Celtic board categorically chose the wrong option.


Not necessarily because I thought Ajeti was bad, but because it was clear how good Toney was.


Of course, I didn't let this impact my support of Ajeti as he signed on the dotted line at Parkhead. After all, he had a record of scoring a goal almost every other game for perennial Swiss Super League contenders, Basel, before his £8 million transfer to the London club.


Ironically, Ajeti's Celtic career got off to the best possible start against yesterday's opposition, as he came off the bench on his debut to score the winner at Tannadice. Since that day however, highlights in a Celtic jersey have been too few and too far in between for a £5 million pound man.


The miss from three yards yesterday capped a hapless personal performance. His lack of movement or ability to hold up the ball is alarming. There is next to no link up play with other attackers, no positional awareness or desire to be in the right place at the right time, as well as a general lack of an overall goal threat. Honestly, it made for extremely frustrating viewing.


To put in a performance like this, at a time when he should be doing all he can to impress as our only fit striker, was really disappointing.


It's no secret that strikers - more than most other positions on the football park - feed off confidence, but unfortunately there not been an abundance of that at Parkhead since the defeat in the Glasgow derby.


In one of Postecoglou's many crucial jobs in the next few weeks, getting the best out of Ajeti, in this period of sparse attacking options, must be near the top of the list.


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