Can Celtic’s John Guidetti Replace Andre-Pierre Gignac?
It is unlikely that Olympique de Marseille will do any business in the January window this season, but it hasn’t stopped their name being linked with a number of players.
When Sweden played France in a friendly at the Stade Velodrome, Celtic striker John Guidetti was asked about the rumoured interest from Marseille by Le Phoceen, but the Manchester City loanee was extremely diplomatic.
“Marseille is a great city with an incredible stadium. I was not aware of the interest. This is the first time I’ve heard about it. But it’s always nice to hear that a big club like this is following you.”
Since moving to the Scottish Premiership, Guidetti has scored six league goals in 16 games and has also added four assists. However, the glossy shine seems to have faded off the 22-year-old. The Swede has failed to score in his last nine league games.
There is a striking similarity between Guidetti and the man he is linked with replacing, Andre-Pierre Gignac. In fact the parallels between both forwards are quite striking.
Gignac’s contract is up at the same time as Guidetti’s, both are able to leave on a free transfer in the summer and both look willing to play out their current contract and see what options come their way.
Marseille can’t afford to give Gignac a new contract, but their position in the league title race means they can’t afford to sell the 29-year-old either.
The former Toulouse striker was so impressive in the early stages of the season that he managed to win back his place in the France national team, but as Marseille’s performances have dropped, so has Gignac’s.
Scoring 10 goals in 10 games will grab anyone’s attention, but only scored twice in the last 22 games is a definite cause for concern, but should make the parting of ways easier this summer.
Marseille will definitely need a replacement this summer and Guidetti’s name fits the profile, but would he fit Les Phoceens?
“Guidetti has shown with loan spells at Feyenoord and Celtic that he can be prolific if managers keep the faith in his ability.
He is a clinical finisher when inside the box and has a bit of skill to get away from his marker. Has plenty of self-confidence and likes to take a set piece or two.
Has qualities that remind me of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson, he’s still learning, but he’s not as good as either.”
It remains to be seen if Marcelo Bielsa will remain in the south of France beyond this season, so there’s no point describing how Guidetti would play in the Argentine’s 4-2-3-1. Right now the only competition to lead to OM attack would be Belgian Michy Batshuayi and he has yet to show he can be a huge success for OM.
The Velodrome can either make or break players. Characters with huge egos will either crumble under the pressure, or rise to the occasion.
It is believed that Guidetti is looking to move to a league with a higher profile than in Scotland. Marseille is the biggest supported club in France and no matter how bad they play; they always attract the TV audiences.
This season they will likely qualify for a place in the Champions League, giving Guidetti a chance to showcase his ability on the grandest stage of them all.
Marseille would give the young striker the platform that he wants, all that remains to be seen is if he is good enough to rise up to the challenge.