Who is Celtic’s new signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo?

Unless you watch the Slovak Super Liga (let’s be honest, no one does), you’ve probably never heard of Vakoun Issouf Bayo until today.

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GOALS: Bayo has impressed in Slovakia and Europe this season

The Ivorian has been in stellar form for Dunajská Streda so far this season, scoring 18 goals in 23 games. This caught the eye of Celtic who have signed him on a 4 year deal for a fee of £2 million. Whilst arch rivals Rangers have opted for experience, signing Jermain Defoe on a 2 year loan from Bournemouth, the Bhoys have gone for youth with the 21 year old.

Slow Start

Bayo began his career in the Ivory Coast with Stade d’Abidjan. But after no first team appearances in his homeland, he made a move to Tunisian side Étoile du Sahel.

But two years there were yet again unsuccessful for the forward. Just 11 appearances, where he failed to score a goal, and he was still unknown to any of Europe’s major clubs. The Ivorian’s career was obviously not off to the best of starts, but a switch to Slovakia has made up for that.

Breaking Through

Just 9 matches in 2017/18 had produced 4 goals and things were looking up for Bayo. But 2018/19 has seen him hit incredible form. 10 goals in 16 games have been instrumental for his side’s 2nd place standing in the league. He’s also scored 3 goals in 3 Europa League games. But now, the striker will be plying his trade in Scotland.

Style of Play

As shown in the video, Bayo possesses decent height at 6ft, whilst also being quite agile. He makes intelligent runs into box, which with his physical attributes, allow him to position himself perfectly both for headers and shots on goal.

Speaking of headers, many of the goals in the video are Bayo using his scalp, making him a large aerial threat. It’s difficult to judge a player solely on Youtube videos, but because he plays in such a small league, that’s all we’ve got.

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TARGET MAN: The Ivorian is an aerial threat

For £2 million, the risk isn’t substantial for Celtic and at 21 years old, he has plenty of time to develop at Celtic Park. Whether he’s a hit or a miss, only time will tell…

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