A player has a lot of things to consider when they are moving to a new club at a higher level, and it’s best to look at things in the long term.
It might be tempting to simply join the team with the most money or the one who plays in the biggest league – but there’s a real danger that you end up struggling in a poor side and it’s impossible to stand out.
On the other hand, joining a successful team at a slightly lower level will give you the chance to shine and win silverware, and that will attract the attention of the bigger sides.
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According to a report from The Daily Record, Ghanian winger Patrick Twumasi had the chance to join Celtic when he left Kazakh side Astana, but he went to Alaves instead.
Things didn’t work out in Spain and it sounds like he had a failed spell in Turkey as well, so it’s hard to see where he goes from here.
The player actually admitted that he had the chance to sign for Celtic, and he regrets not taking it:
“I remember I had an offer from Celtic, they really wanted me when I was in Astana because I played against them in the Champions League game and I did very well.”
“Brendan Rodgers spoke to me after the game and after some days he got my number and called me. He told me he wanted me at the club.”
“Even though I was interested I was weighing the options on the table together with my agent and it happened that we settled on Alaves.”
“Maybe Celtic would have been good for me, but you never know, such things are bound to happen sometimes.”
We will never know if things would’ve been different for him had he joined Celtic, but he now faces the reality of trying to rejuvenate his career after a couple of transfers that did not work out.