In many ways a footballer is in a great position if they are a free agent, as clubs will always be looking to make signings throughout the year.
Even if you can’t get a club in the Summer, injuries and the fear of relegation will often spur teams into action, and January becomes a notable time to make panic signings.
For whatever reason it just hasn’t happened for Youssouf Mulumbu, who is still without a club after leaving Celtic last Summer.
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Although he wasn’t quite good enough to earn a regular spot at Celtic Park, he’s a talented player who could improve a lot of teams, so it’s a surprise to see him without a team at this point.
The Sun recently reported on an interview with the former Celtic and Killie midfielder, and it sounds like it’s his own fault for being too picky:
“I was on loan at Kilmarnock from Celtic and then I went to play for at the Cup of Nations and it went well. When I came back there were offers from clubs in Turkey, but I wanted to play in a good league, like the English Championship or Ligue 1.”
“So I decided to wait until a suitable offer came in. I was very demanding and decided to wait because there were only certain clubs I wanted to play for.”
“Looking back, had I known what would happen, I should have thought more about certain offers. I am better known in the UK than in France because I have spent most of my career there.”
In some ways this could still work out quite well for him, as many clubs face financial fears following the shut down and early end to this season.
We’ve seen talk of wage caps down south and it sounds like most teams will not have a lot of money to spend on transfers, so free agents and loans will be their main way of adding to the squad.
He’s 33 but should be fresh after a season without playing, so hopefully he does manage to get a decent move.
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