You can’t blame Emre Mor for deciding that Celta Vigo would be the most sensible step in a career that has stalled since an ill-fated move to Borussia Dortmund last summer.
The Turkish wonderkid was the subject of interest from a number of huge European clubs, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Everton to name but a few, though instead spun a surprise by joining perennial La Liga overachievers Celta for a club record £11 million, as reported by AS.
On paper, the decision looks a good one. The 20-year-old’s representative, Bariz Soofizadeh, confirmed to the Liverpool Echo last month that Mor had held talks with Everton but it is difficult to see how he could have fit into Ronald Koeman’s crisis-ridden side.
After all, following the summer arrivals of Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson, The Toffees are not short of talented playmakers.
The same can be said for both Liverpool and resurgent Serie A giants Inter, whose deal to sign Mor on loan with an option to buy fell through at the eleventh hour last month, per ESPN. A relatively smaller pond like Celta, meanwhile, could offer Mor the chance to kick-start his career away from the prying eyes and the glare of the media sportlight.
And Mor has already made a couple of appearances since joining the club, albeit from the bench. It is hard to imagine him getting those games at either Merseyside club. The Andalucian outfit has helped get the likes of Iago Aspas and John Guidetti back on track while also giving greater exposure to talented youngsters like Pione Sisto and Maxi Gomez.
One thing Mor will not be able to count on, however, is a vociferous home support. According to The Telegraph, La Liga have fined last season’s Europa League semi-finalists for their low attendances at the Balaidos at the start of the season. In their last home game, just 17,000 turned up at the 29,000 seater stadium, contravening league rules which state that clubs must fill at least 70 per cent of their grounds.
Yet, Celta are still one of the most free-flowing and attacking sides in Spain and appear destined to coax the best out of this wily whizzkid - and he should have no difficulty hearing his manager, Juan Carlos Unzue, the empty Balaidos crowd.