Albian Ajeti looks to be miles away from finding any sort of footballing contentment and harmony after his new manager excoriated his fitness in a fresh dig at the striker. The man who Celtic singed from West Ham United back in the summer of 2020 for £5 million hasn’t had his sorrows to seek since leaving Basel in Switzerland and this is just the latest set-back in a whole host of problems.
Never really settling into life since moving to British football, firstly in England and then Scotland, the Swiss-Albanian attacker found it near impossible to find any sort of rhythm whilst in London or Glasgow. His goal return in the Swiss League was good though and his pedigree in Europe was also half-decent; yet he couldn’t replicate it elsewhere.
When Brendan Rodgers came into the club, he made it clear to the player that he wouldn’t be in his plans and would have to seek pastures new. He’d been out on a loan deal the previous season to Sturm Graz in Austria but they decided agasint taking up the purchase option for his services. It was a blow to both the player and the club as both wanted a solution to the dilemma they were currently in.
With a year to run on a rather expensive contract, it looked like Albian would be hanging around the club like the ghost at the feast until he could leave as a free agent. However, Turkish side Gaziantep swooped in and decided to offer him a career lifeline at the end of the summer transfer window. He decided to join the Super Lig club but has now been given a reality check over his conditioning.
Gaziantep sit bottom of the league following a 2-0 defeat at the weekend and when their manager, Marius Sumudica, asked about his omission from the squad, he was less than impressed with Ajeti’s physical shape. As reported by Football Scotland, he said:”Whoever wants to put his heart on the field must make sacrifices. Those who are not ready or don’t want it can stay out. Because we don’t have time.”
It’s seems Albian just can’t get it right no matter where he goes.