Whichever way you look at the situation, Albian Ajeti does not appear to be the answer for Celtic when it comes to leading the line. Yes, he has scored some goals recently but it is safe to say that he has not been able to nail down his spot in the starting XI with his performances over these past few games.
Last season wasn’t a good one for many players at the club. Ajeti struggled as well despite enjoying a brilliant start to life at Parkhead, scoring quite a few goals early on. Since then though, things have not gone his way at all.
It had looked like he was not going to get too many chances this season either but injuries to Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis, as well as the departures of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths on transfer deadline day have meant that he has featured regularly recently.
With some goals early on once again, it looked as if Ajeti might be set to take his chance. But over the last few games, it has not looked like he is ready to lead the line for Celtic.
Celtic need to solve Ajeti problem
Ajeti couldn’t get on the end of balls and crosses into the box against Dundee United. For a striker known for his positioning, he was not at the right place at the right time on most occasions. He had a couple of big misses as well and it was not a good performance from the Swiss international, who had arrived with so much promise and expectations.
With the number of injury problems at Parkhead right now though, Ajeti is expected to get at least a few more starts to prove himself. And it will be interesting to see how he performs moving forward.
When you look at Ajeti’s time at Celtic, he has never looked like a lone striker. His best run of form came in a partnership up front with Edouard back when the Swiss forward first arrived at Parkhead. And if the club are to see the best of him, they might need to play him in a similar role rather than as the man leading the line.