Since joining Celtic in what was a £4.95m move back in the summer of 2020, it would appear to be a fair statement to make that Albian Ajeti has not exactly hit the heights many expected he would at Parkhead.
Indeed, in his debut campaign last season, the £2.88m-rated centre-forward failed to impress over his 20 Premiership appearances for the Bhoys – only ten of which came as starts – scoring six goals, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as averaging a mere 0.7 shots and making just 0.6 key passes per game.
The Switzerland international also failed to make his mark in any of the other competitions he featured in, failing to hit the back of the net in any of his 10 appearances across Europa League qualifying, the Europa League proper, Champions League qualifying, the SFA Cup and the Scottish League Cup.
It has been a similar story for the man who Packie Bonner dubbed a “problem” so far this season, with Ajeti having scored two goals, registered no assists and created no big chances over his six Premiership appearances – with these returns seeing the centre-forward average a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.72, ranking him as the club’s eighth-worst player in the league.
As such, considering his poor returns and hefty weekly wage, in addition to the fact that Ange Postecoglou brought in the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, Georgios Giakoumakis and Jota this summer – all of whom already look to be ahead of Ajeti in Celtic’s attacking pecking order – the 56-year-old Bhoys boss simply must to all he can to move the striker on come January. At the moment, the 24-year-old is stealing a living at Parkhead.