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Patryk Klimala In A £3.5m Deal
Celtic boss Neil Lennon is a straight-shooter and isn't someone who likes to play games when it comes to transfers.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is a straight-shooter and isn't someone who likes to play games when it comes to transfers.

The Hoops boss made it perfectly clear back in November at the club's AGM that he was searching for a striker to help support talisman Odsonne Edouard .

Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo's injuries have made a new forward a signing neccessity.

And that crystal clear message has had the club's supporters on tenterhooks ever since.

Slovan Bratislava striker Andraz Sporar was a target but the man Celtic are on the verge of signing Jagiellonia Bialystok forward Patryk Klimala in a £3.5m deal.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Legia Warsaw but the Polish youth international has earned his big move abroad on the back of his displays with Jagiellonia.

But what kind of player is Klimala?

His decisive strike in the 2-0 win over Lodz in November is a perfect example of a player who is doing the right things but still has room to grow. Klimala, hovering on the last defender, reacts instantly when his team-mate robs an opposing defender of possession down the right wing and Celtic's new man was in perfect position to tap home from two yards out but his tepid finish was so nearly saved before the ball squirmed agonisingly under the goalkeeper's body.

But Klimala's key quality is constant ability to get into dangerous positions. Former team-mate Ziggy Gordon exclusively told Record Sport that he could see similarities with current Hoops star Griffiths and that's evident when watching the Poland U21 international.

And Klimala can certainly finish with style has his thunderbolt against KS Cracovia in October shows. That goal is the type that will get Lennon and head of recruitment Nick Hammond excited.

The striker beats the offside trap, darts inside the box, takes one touch to compose himself and then fires high into the roof of the net.

He looks a good bet to improve further in front of goal after seven goals in 17 matches for Jagiellonia this season.

Managers and coaches pride themselves on their ability to make players better but one thing they cannot teach is raw speed and Klimala has pace to make any defender look foolish.

Celtic's rousing Europa League group stage run was built upon the ability to break at pace with Mo Elyonoussi's winner against Cluj and Olivier Ntcham's last-gasp striker against Lazio.

Klimala is brilliant at housing himself in a dangerous position between central defenders. It's subtle and he he has so much confidence in his natural speed he doesn't go to early.

Against Lechia Gdańsk in December, Klimala timed a run to perfection and only a well-timed block denied him a goal.

The former Legia Warsaw man currently plays for a side who sit ninth in the Ekstraklasa but he doesn't need large gaps in behind to make teams pay.

So many speedsters lack the nous to make opportunities for themselves but that certainly doesn't apply to Klimala.

For a player who started out as a winger, he is a natural at leading the line but he doesn't do it in a traditional fashion.

Klimala, standing at 6ft tall, is happy to avoid endless duels with defenders and is adept at coming short and allowing players to move in behind.

In a way, it's similar to how Edouard operates, with both excellent at turning quickly and using their quick feet to bamboozle the opposition.

Klimala has an excellent first touch and Zagłębie Lubin's backline won't be sad to see him leaving Polish football as he ran them ragged in a recent clash. The Parkhead side's latest striker is very good taking balls in quickly and moving it quickly to a team-mate.

The likes of James Forrest and Ryan Christie will appreciate Klimala's selfless streak.

No player is perfect and Kilmala is certainly no different.

And even though his most recent strike against Arka Gdynia came with his noggin, there's much work to be done in the air.

Klimala certainly doesn't lack confidence and even tried to score with his head from the edge of the box against Pogoń Szczecin earlier this season.

But he often mis-times his leaps and that leads to some erratic efforts on goal. But, in his defence, he is constantly finding space inside the box to get his efforts away.

What Celtic can expect

Klimala is an energetic, emerging striker who appears to be getting with each passing match. Players blessed with searing pace often are behind when it comes to close control but that isn't the case with the Pole. His finishing has room to improve but his special ability of finding space in behind will prove invaluable in Glasgow.



Posted by voc1967 on Monday 13 January 2020 - 10:54:18 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
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