Picked up by Celtic after his contract with Fulham ran out, Moussa Dembélé is looking like one of the signings of the season, not just in Scotland, but in all of Europe.
Scoring 16 goals in 24 appearances for the Bhoys so far this season, the France U21 international carried his form with his national team on Monday night, scoring two goals in a 3-2 win over England’s U21s.
Having only just moved to Celtic Park, the 20-year-old’s performances under Brendan Rodgers have earned him the privilege of being linked with a handful of elite Premier League clubs recently by the British press, even though a move before next summer seems highly unlikely.
The Celtic youngster is impressing so much, in fact, that Kolo Touré, interviewed by RMC Sport on Tuesday, made a few predictions that, if true, would mean a great future for the former Fulham starlet.
He said: “I see him like the next star of the France team. He’s a super player and a great talent. What reassures me even more about what I say is his mentality. I’ve spent extraordinary moments with him. He’s someone who listens a lot.
“He doesn’t speak too much, but when he does, it’s to the point. He’s got a good entourage. He has an agent with him who took him when he was very little and who is ready to do anything for him. He’s focused in training. He’s not big headed for his age. I’m really impressed.”
The 35-year-old defender, who also recently moved to Celtic Park in the summer (from Liverpool), has been used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers this season, with a muscle injury keeping him out of the last few games.
Celtic, unsurprisingly, find themselves comfortable leaders of the Scottish Premiership, picking up 31 points from a possible 33 in 11 games, leading Aberdeen FC by 10 points.