Sunderland rookie, Ethan Robson, has been attracting a lot of attention from the football fraternity and if one of the recent reports by The Sun is to be believed, Celtic are monitoring him and are keen to lure him to the Celtic Park in the summer. Apart from the Bhoys, their arch rivals, Rangers, are also understood to be in the race to acquire his services.
Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, Celtic have been able to exercise domestic supremacy yet again. The Hoops are currently placed at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and are certainly the favourites to clinch the Scottish top-flight title. One of the intriguing aspects of Rodgers’ reign at Celtic has been the manner in which he has given the youngsters the platform to thrive.
The likes of Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele have blossomed and the former Liverpool manager’s perennial inclination to work with talented young guns must have taken his sight towards Robson. The 21-year-old emerged through the youth ranks of the Black Cats and has been getting quite a bit of exposure to competitive football this season.
Robson is a tall and strong central midfielder who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is more than capable of galloping forward to test opposition defences and despite his young age, he has shown immense maturity so far. He is good at taking set-pieces, has the tendency to knit the side together with his passes and has the ingredients to be a leader on the pitch.
In April 2016, he signed a two-year deal with the Championship outfit and Celtic could strike gold if they manage to sign him in the summer once he becomes a free agent. He will cost just £150,000 in training compensation if he leaves England. He generally prefers to play the deep-lying midfielder’s role and it is arguably one of the areas that Rodgers might be interested in beefing up.
The Englishman might have shown early signs of promise but he is far from being a polished article. He certainly lacks the requisite experience to ply his trade for a big club like Celtic currently and he needs to work a lot on his deficiencies. Nonetheless, Rodgers is likely to have a plan up his sleeve for the Sunderland prodigy and given his calibre, he would be an interesting signing for Celtic in the summer.