Celtic hero discuses ‘new Drogba’ talk surrounding Dembele

Celtic hero Frank McAvennie believes that tentative comparisons between Didier Drogba and Moussa Dembele are irresponsible at this stage of the latter’s career.

The Frenchman joined the Bhoys from Fulham over the summer on a free transfer – albeit the Glasgow club had to pay a compensation fee of £500,000 – and has enjoyed an excellent start to his career north of the border.

Indeed, Dembele has already scored an Old Firm Derby hat-trick and netted twice in the Champions League against Manchester City, as part of his 10 goals in 11 appearances in all competitions.

This form has earned him rave reviews and some have even drawn parallels between the 20-year-old and Cote d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba – including Brendan Rodgers.

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However, McAvennie, writing in the Scottish Sun, has claimed that he sees such talk as reckless at this stage of Dembele’s career: “I can’t believe pundits are describing Celtic’s Moussa Dembele as the new Drogba. Talk about putting pressure on the lad.

“People need to remember he’s only 20 years old. Give him space and time to develop — without giving him an enormous label that could weigh him down before he gets out the starting blocks.”

Dembele’s pace, power and eye for goal have all been lauded throughout his fledgling career since his debut during Fulham’s 2013/14 season – which ended in relegation from the Premier League.

He shone last term in the Championship, scoring 15 goals.