Should Newcastle and Tottenham be looking at John Guidetti?

Celtic

The on-loan Celtic striker has been in sparkling form for the Bhoys and is available on a free transfer from Manchester City at the end of the season.

With Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur both seemingly on the lookout for a new striker this January, it’s surprising to see neither side linked with a move for John Guidetti – but there is plenty of time for that situation to change.

The 22-year-old has been nothing short of a revelation since joining Celtic on-loan from Manchester City earlier this term, with 10 goals to his name from 11 appearances for the Bhoys to date.

Fans of both Spurs and the Toon may well scoff at the notion of signing the Swede off the back of that return, citing the fact that those goals have come in the inferior football setting of the Scottish Premiership and pointing to a short unsuccessful loan spell with Stoke but they would be wrong to.

The Scottish top-flight may lack the depth of its English counterpart, but as Celtic have shown on more than one occasion over the years, the Hoops are more than capable of nurturing a player with the ability to cut the mustard in the Premier League and beyond.

Current examples include Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Joe Ledley at Crystal Palace, while a look at the Hoops history books reveals a fine record for helping exciting foreign strikers excel with Pierre van Hooijdonk, Paulo Di Canio and Henrik Larsson three obvious examples.

The fact of the matter is that Guidetti was on course to be one of City’s prize youth team assets until a series of unfortunate injuries struck him down.

Three seasons ago the Scandinavian youngster showcased his potential during a season long loan spell in Holland with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals in just 23 appearances for the Eredivisie giants – helping them to qualify for the Champions League in the process.

A move towards the fringes of the City first-team was duly expected, but just as it seemed the world was at Guidetti’s feet, disaster struck with the Swede struck down with an illness that was later diagnosed as an infected nerve, keeping him out of action for almost three months and thus short of match fitness.

Even when he did return in January 2013, a knee injury soon saw him out of action again, with the striker laid off for the remainder of the campaign after surgery.

Little wonder then that a loan move to Stoke City in January of the following year failed to work out, with manager Mark Hughes hoping to see the spark that made the youngster one to watch at the Etihad during his time in charge of the Sky Blues..

In truth, it must have been a difficult time for Guidetti – keen to get back to action but worried that his body would somehow let him down – and when Hughes opted to use the striker sparingly, the youngster snapped, criticising the manager and ultimately ensuring his time at the Britannia would be fruitless.

Now back playing football again, the striker is showing all of the ability that made him hot property all those years ago with displays that should have Newcastle and Tottenham taking a closer look.

The Magpies may have unearthed one hidden gem in Ayoze Perez but with Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra failing to impress, while Papiss Cisse continues to recover from injury, there is certainly room for a player of Guidetti’s calibre.

Tottenham’s need for a new goalscorer is all the more urgent, with Roberto Soldado apparently on his way out of Spurs after failing to impress and Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly disinterested.

Harry Kane is undoubtedly a talent for the future but could there also be room for Guidetti? With the striker available for nothing, it could be a gamble worth taking, with Guidetti already called up to the Sweden national side on the back of his efforts for Celtic.

In the meantime, Newcastle and Tottenham can wait, with the 22-year-old reportedly set to hold-off signing for Celtic until the end of the season.

But fail to move for the man once earmarked to lead Manchester City for the next decade and it may not be just the Sky Blues who are left ruing their decision to let him go, but the Toon and Spurs also.

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