Celtic have been linked with Jordon Mutch as the 24-year-old midfielder struggles for playing time with English Premier League side Crystal Palace. Here’s everything Celtic fans should know about their prospective new signing.
Aston Villa linked with a move
Celtic may face stiff competition from the English Championship side who are making a resurgence under Steve Bruce. Mutch is looked upon as a player who’s too good for the Championship but perhaps not at the Premier League level, and that sort of talent with suit the Villains fine as they look to haul themselves into the thick of the promotion chase.
Has totalled close to £12million in transfer fees
On three separate occasions, Mutch has been sold for a seven-figure transfer fee. He went from Birmingham to Cardiff City for around £1million after finally establishing himself in the first team at St Andrews following a series of loan moves as a youngster. When Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League in 2014 he commanded a £6million fee when moving to Queens’ Park Rangers. The recently promoted side struggled in their only year back in the top flight, with Mutch unable to break into the starting XI. Although, for the second season in succession, he remained an EPL player after Crystal Palace paid £4.75million for his services in the summer. Unfortunately, just like at QPR, he’s struggled for regular first-team football.
He has a penchant for scoring cracking goals
Everyone loves a player who can pull out the occasional stunning strike, and that’s what Celtic would be getting in Mutch. Even though he’s not scored too often across his career, netting 16 in total across five-and-a-half seasons, when he does find the back of the net, they tend to be something special. His most prolific season came in the top flight with Cardiff, where he scored seven and tallied five assists in the 2013-14 league campaign.
He’s looked upon as a box-to-box midfielder
Were Celtic to sign the former England under-21 internationalist, it’s likely Brendan Rodgers would look to use him as one-half of the double pivot in the team’s 4-2-3-1, alongside either Scott Brown or Stuart Armstrong. Similar to Armstrong, he’d provide impetus going forward. Mutch can use both feet and is even a threat with his head. And though he can sometimes over-elaborate things on the football, he’d be a good foil to Brown, who would do a lot of the dirty work and keep possession ticking over. And like the Celtic captain, Mutch isn’t someone afraid to get stuck in.
He’s a bit injury prone
Mutch’s body has a tendency to break down rather frequently as he’s barely had a season that hasn’t been punctuated with injury woes. Foot, ankle, thigh and hamstring problems have followed him to each of his four permanent clubs and Celtic would need to perform a stringent medical before finalising any deal.