Celtic links with Ferecncvaros striker Ryan Mmaee At this stage, it appears to be little more than information about the ‘extensive analysis’ being carried out on the player, as Celtic finally have a manager willing to reap the clear benefits of data analysis, rather than just the good old ‘eye for a player’ we may have adopted in the past.
But the links are in the public domain, so what do we know about the Moroccan international striker who seems to have caught the eye of someone behind the scenes at Celtic?
Firstly, Celtic’s need for a striker is perhaps not acute, particularly with two now proven goalscorers in Kyogo and Giorgos Giakoumakis already being rotated. As such, if moves are made for a striker, then he may well be someone who is considered a backup option. However, to counter that, there’s little point in buying from someone just to settle for the third option. Instead, I would expect whoever is brought into the club to be a player who can reasonably be expected to be a bona fide challenge to those we already have.
With that in mind, Mmaee’s career to date had been slow to get going and she didn’t immediately jump out as a featured artist. Indeed, the now 24-year-old may well be described as a slow burner in terms of career development, but he is certainly picking up the pace.
Mmaee arrived at the Belgian Standard de Liège, where he only played 13 games and scored just one goal. Predominantly a striker, but also one who has played as a second striker and occasionally as a right winger, his goalscoring exploits for his first club were unremarkable, as was a loan spell with Waasland-Beveren where the net was against him hitting just one time in 20. appearances, and at Danish side Aarhus GF, where his goal return measured three goals in 12 appearances.
But that changed with a move to Cypriot side AEL Limassol, where Mmaee found his goal-scoring boots. The forward scored 25 times in 58 appearances in two seasons with AEL, as well as seven assists. And at current club Ferencvaros, which he moved to last summer, that impressive goal return has continued, as Mmaee has scored 19 goals in 37 games and his assist record is also improving, with 11 contributions for his teammates.
All this could point to a player who is building an upward career path, but at the same time it should also be tempered given that the Cypriot and Hungarian leagues are perhaps of a lower level than the competitions in which the player had previously played, but in truth it is probably a bit of both.
One thing worth noting is that Mmaee was a Belgian international, and a regular one, from Under 16 level to Under 21 level. He was a regular goalscorer at all levels, before deciding to represent Morocco at international level. absolute -for which he qualified through his mother-, where the player has been capped 11 times and has scored four goals. Once again, the figures show a steady progression for the player after a slow goalscoring start to his career.
In total, his club career accounts for 51 goals and 21 assists from a total of 143 appearances in all competitions, and with just 24, there is a strong argument to be made that he is likely to continue to improve.
Mmamee is just over 6ft tall, predominantly right-footed, and although he is occasionally played behind a main striker and on the wing, he is not particularly versatile and is certainly an outright striker.
However, he is a good ball carrier and has great dribbling skills. In addition to his eye for goal, he has good pace and can steer when he carries the ball comfortably while maintaining a good understanding of where teammates and opponents look alike. And at Ferencvaros he has gained European experience playing in both the Europa League and Champions League qualifiers for the Hungarian Champions League, while internationally he has gained experience in both World Cup qualifiers and the African Cup of Nations.
There may be little substance to the link between Ryan Mmaee and Celtic at this stage, but he seems to be a player that Celtic have designated for analysis, and it has to be said that there is much to like about the attributes of the players, and the De In fact, he has his career moving in an upward direction after a somewhat slow start.
Mmaee also offers something different to Celtic’s attacking option at present with that ability to carry the ball, something noticeably different from both Kyogo and Giakoumakis, and as such his acquisition would certainly add another layer to Celtic’s attacking options. Celtic.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether Celtic will go beyond seeking genuine interest in the player, but if they do, Mmaee could well be a useful addition to the squad and even one who could possibly push for a place in the starting eleven. .
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