Celtic's young defender should stay and continue his development in Scotland.
It is fair to say Manchester City defender Jason Denayer’s loan move to Celtic has been a huge success.
He may only be 19, but the Belgian teenager has excelled for the Bhoys, making 31 appearances to date and scoring four goals to boot.
Most recently, Denayer has enjoyed cup success following Celtic’s victory in the Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United on Sunday. And he quickly turned his attention to a potential treble in an interview with the club’s official website.
“I came here to win trophies and now I have experienced that,” he said.
But while he recently told the Daily Record that he intends to return to the Etihad Stadium next season, surely the smarter move would be to extend his loan deal at Celtic.
At just 19, Denayer has years ahead of him and having enjoyed the start of what likes being a glorious spell under Ronny Deila, why swap that for a bit-part role at best next season?
With Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala all ahead of him in the pecking-order at City what could the current Celtic loanee realistically hope for next season were he to return to his parent-club?
There is no doubt he has impressed recently but it would take a brave manager to pair him with Kompany at such a young age, to in turn drop the experienced Demichelis and the extremely expensive Mangala.
No, the smart move for Denayer would be to stay at least one more season at Celtic, to continue to enjoy the benefits that regular first-team football bring and to develop into the player many feel he is destined to become.
He is a hero at Celtic; why swap that to become little more than a talented substitute, at least in the short term?