Three young starlets Celtic should look to sign on loan this summer
Brendan Rodgers was keen on landing the 21-year old Welsh prodigy from his former employers but the Merseysiders have rejected an offer from the Scottish treble winners, as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for their pre-season.
The report claims that the principle reason behind Liverpool rejecting the Hoops’ advances is the fact that the Reds were unsure of how much playing time would be afforded to Wilson, after having seen the likes of Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda struggle for regular game time at the Parkhead last season.
With a move for the 21-year-old Wales international out of the question for Celtic, here are three other young and promising Premier League players that they could consider bringing in on loan instead.
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
The 19-year-old has been tipped as the next big thing to come out of the Chelsea academy and if his performances this past season for Vitesse Arnhem on loan are anything to go by, then the hype surrounding him makes total sense.
In the 2017/18 season, Mount came up with an amazing tally of 13 goals and 10 assists in 40 games across all competitions, helping Vitesse achieve qualification to the UEFA Europa League.
An attacking midfielder who can also score goals in plenty, the Englishman has shown great versatility, having slotted in comfortably on the flanks and in a No.8 role.
With first-team chances at Chelsea unlikely to come, Celtic should look to bring the 19-year-old on loan, as it would help them add more creativity and guile to their attacking play while also potentially relieving some of the goalscoring burden on their main players.
Reo Griffiths (Tottenham Hotspur)
Griffiths managed to find the back of the net on a total of 28 occasions, while also registering 4 assists in 32 appearances across all competitions in the 2017/18 season, drawing comparisons with Tottenham’s talisman Harry Kane.
The 18-year-old striker has shown all the attributes needed to be a success at the top level. He is fast, strong and can tough it out physically against defenders.
Throw in his brilliant finishing abilities and the killer instincts in front of goal, Griffiths has the potential to be a major success if he applies himself properly. Add to it, the fact that he can very easily slot in on the wings, Griffiths would be an exciting talent for Celtic to consider signing on loan.
Brahim Diaz (Manchester City)
The 18-year-old Manchester City attacking midfielder is a special talent but considering his pathway to regular first-team action at the Etihad isn’t straightforward, Celtic should look to take him on loan for the upcoming season.
Diaz has been in and around Pep Guardiola’s team and has gone on to make 11 senior appearances so far for the Premier League champions, without scoring or assisting a goal yet. His records with the Sky Blues’ youth sides speak for themselves though – Diaz has 11 goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances for the City U23s.
A player gifted with great technical abilities, the diminutive midfielder can play anywhere in the attacking third of the field and has the ability to provide the creative spark in the attack. And given Celtic’s relationship with City, a move shouldn’t be too hard to get over the line.