New Bhoy Boyata Could Be Celtic’s New Defensive Rock


Dedryck Boyata probably wasn’t the young Belgian Manchester City defender Celtic fans wanted to sign this transfer window but he’s the one that they’ve ended up with.

After spending last term fawning over City’s Jason Denayer, who was at Parkhead on a season long loan, it was the twenty-one year old they really wanted to see make his way back up the M6.

But in Boyata, they have a defender with tremendous potential and a player hungry to finally reach that potential. Plus they have secured the player on a full-time deal and paid only £1.5m for a central defender who has represented the senior Belgian national side.

His career at City was hampered by the fact that they have pots full of cash at their disposal and can waste absolute fortunes in bringing in fringe defenders like Jerome Boateng, Stefan Savic, Matija Nastasic and Eliaquim Mangala. Only Mangala has remains at this stage.

Man City also only have one place in central defence up for grabs with club captain Vincent Kompany assured of a place. That has seen Boyata more often than not look on as the likes of Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure and Martin Demichelis have been mainstay partners to Kompany.

Like Micah Richards, Boyata has seen his chances of first team football dwindle over the years. But unfortunately for players like Richards and Dedryck, with new homegrown rules coming in, they have been forced to stay on at the Etihad just to make sure City meet certain quotas.

That has meant that Boyata’s career has stalled. He has made loan moves to Bolton and FC Twente in the past but he didn’t set the heather alight at either side.

Injury hampered his time at Bolton but his boss at the time Owen Coyle is convinced that Boyata will succeed at Celtic Park:

“He will be a good signing for Celtic. He will be good for them and they will be good for him.”

The six foot two defender’s physical presence should be a great match for the Scottish Premiership. He also possesses strong technique and a bit of pace too. The Belgian is also versatile enough to fill in at right-back when required.

The fact he still has a Champions League platform to play on is all the better for the player.

But in all honesty the twenty-four year old will just be happy to get first-team football with the ‘Hoops’. There he can show the world that he really can be that classy defender that was predicted a few years back when he won Man City’s young player of the year award back in 201o.

Boyata also just needs to look at what Denayer has done in his year at Parkhead and prove that he is just as talented and ready to break back into the Belgian squad. He should also look at the reputation Virgil van Dyke has, which has been based on his performances with the Glasgow giants!

Who knows in two or three seasons after regular first-team football under his belt, maybe Dedryck Boyata could head back down to the riches of the English Premier League. That would ultimately see Celtic make a huge profit on the £1.5m they have just spent on securing his services.

But if that is to happen, then he needs to take this career move very seriously and commit one hundred percent to Celtic’s cause.

During the Martin O’Neill years, Celtic plucked out a lot of players who were once written off. The Hoops would use that to their advantage and the players would come in and prove that they were actually class acts.

That really could be the story for Celtic’s new man Dedryck Boyata!

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