Celtic might be set to replace the £5 million star in January after he has failed to make a mark since arriving at Parkhead.
Coming out of the transfer window there was a great feeling about the signings that Celtic had managed to make in the transfer window. The club had managed to bring in five new faces in the form of Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt and David Turnbull while also extending Mohamed Elyounoussi’s stay at the club for another season.
One man who perhaps has been treated a bit unfairly though is Vasilis Barkas. While he has not been spectacular, he has not been bad either. And after a series of decent performances, fans’ perception of him changed following the Glasgow Derby defeat at the hands of the Rangers.
He was injured against AC Milan and while he has returned to the bench since then, he is yet to feature as Scott Bain has taken the first team gloves, despite not being particularly impressive himself.
And as reported by Football Insider, Frank McAvennie believes that the club could look for a replacement in January:
“I don’t think they like Barkas at the moment so they’ve brought Bain in but I think they will do something about that in January and sign someone proven.
“Unless Barkas comes back in and stakes his claim, but he flaps at it too much for me.
“I do feel sorry sometimes for goalkeepers because it’s not like midfielders when they make a mistake they get away with it.”
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As it turns out though most of those deals have not worked out. Diego Laxalt has perhaps been the only one who has performed on a consistent basis since joining the club. Albian Ajeti came into Scottish football like a ball of fire but has faded away badly since then.
David Turnbull has not been given much of a look in to be fair to him. While Shane Duffy, who was brought in on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion and was the marquee signing of the summer, has lately looked like a defensive error waiting to happen at the back and needs to be taken out of the starting XI.
One man who still deserves a bit more time to make his mark though is Vasilis Barkas. There is some potential in the Greek international and it might be too early to give up on him.