The strengths and weaknesses of reported Celtic target Jonathas

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Taking a closer look at the league performances of a player strongly linked with Celtic.

According to a recent report from the Daily Record, Celtic are interested in signing Elche’s on-loan forward Jonathas, with Ronny Deila regularly sending scouts to watch the 26-year-old in action.

The Brazilian, who is currently enjoying a temporary stint in Spain from his parent-club Delfino Pescara, has commented on the links, hinting that Celtic’s presence in the Champions League could entice him to move.

So who exactly is the player, and what would he bring to Deila’s side if he did arrive this summer?

Taking a closer look at the Brazilian’s La Liga form for Elche this season, it is clear that he knows where the goal is, with 12 goals in 32 appearances including three in his last four matches.

  GoalsGoal AssistsShots per GamePassing AccuracyKey Passes per GameAerials Won per GameTackles Won per GameCrosses per GameAppearancesMins Played
Jonathas 12 7 2.5 68% 0.9 2.4 1 0.1 32 2,842

That equates to a goal every 2.6 games, and along with his seven assists there is little doubt he would add something to Celtic’s front-line.

Jonathas also wins an average of 2.4 aerial battles per appearance, a factor that could help the Bhoys both up front and in defensive positions, with the Brazilian clearly good in the air.

But there are areas where he is weaker, notably his passing accuracy – which is just 68 per cent in La Liga this season – and the fact that he rarely crosses the ball for others; Jonathas is very much a target man with others expected to do the work.

That said, on average he plays 0.9 key passes a game, ensuring he sets up a goal-scoring chance for a teammate almost every game.

While the alleged asking price of £4million may be a little too much of a risk for the player, Deila could still sign a gem if there is some room for negotiation.

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