Kundai Benyu rejecting Tottenham for Celtic will reap rewards - eventually

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ex-Ipswich Town star Kundai Benyu has started slowly at Celtic after turning down Spurs, Aston Villa and West Ham in the summer.

Celtic's English midfielder Scott Sinclair (R) jokes with Celtic's English midfielder Kundai Benyu (L) at the start of a training session at their Lennoxtown facility, north of Glasgow, on...

Kundai Benyu was not short of options this summer. The Ipswich Town prodigy had long been admired by Tottenham Hotspur, who invited him to be part of their NextGen Series in 2016, while scouts from Aston Villa and West Ham had also been monitoring his progress, as reported by The Mail.

And the fact that Benyu has made just four appearances so far for Celtic, the club who did manage to secure his signature in the summer, suggests that he maybe made the wrong call.

The 19-year-old has played just 78 minutes of football in the Scottish Premiership and none since the middle of August. As Benyu himself said, however, the presence of Brendan Rodgers on the touchline means Celtic is the ideal environment for a young player with bags of potential.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Rodgers factor

"The gaffer has helped a lot of young players in the past, like Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe," he told the BBC after signing a four-year deal in July.

"So I'm hoping to be a part of that list."

Kundai Benyu of Celtic is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August 16, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Benyu also stated that Celtic were simply the biggest club tracking his progress – bigger than Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa. The accuracy of such a statement is a subject for debate but what cannot be disputed is that Rodgers is the right manager to guide him onto the path to stardom.

After all, Kieran Tierney, Moussa Dembele, Anthony Ralston and co have all taken their game on leaps and bounds under the Northern Irishman and there’s little doubt that, in time, Benyu can do the same.

Spurs, in particular, might have a fine reputation when it comes to blooding young English talent. But Rodgers is possibly the best in the business.

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