Celtic are interested in a deal to bring Callum Styles to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side are keeping a very close eye on the Barnsley left-back ahead of a potential swoop in the winter market.
In response to a fan asking whether the rumours concerning Celtic’s interest in the 21-year-old were true, Nixon said: “Watching closely. Talented player, very attack-minded.”
Subsequently, in response to a further question asking whether the youngster would suit Postecoglou’s brand of football, the journalist continued: “Very much. Great feet. It’s just whether he can defend at times.”
While Barnsley have struggled in the Championship so far this season, picking up just 14 points from their 23 games played, Styles has nevertheless been one of the Tykes stand-out performers in the second tier of English football.
Indeed, over his 21 Championship outings, the £2.7m-rated left-back – who can also play further up the left-wing and in central midfield – has scored one goal, provided one assist and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.9 key passes and taking 0.7 shots per game.
The versatile defender has also completed an average of 27.4 passes per fixture, as well as making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 2.2 tackles, 0.9 clearances and winning 4.4 duels in each outing.
These returns have seen the player who Cauley Woodrow claimed is a “massive talent” who “the sky’s the limit” for average a SofaScore match rating of 6.73, ranking him as Barnsley’s ninth-best performer in the league.
As such, it would indeed appear as if a move for Styles would be a fantastic deal for Celtic to pull off in the winter window, as the £3.4k-per-week man would undoubtedly make an excellent addition to Postecoglou’s options either on the left-hand side of defence or in central midfield, especially with Boli Bolingoli looking as if he is heading for an exit from Parkhead in the January transfer window.