Former USA coach Bob Bradley has highlighted just how difficult it is to play against Celtic linked striker Alberth Elis, telling Angels on Parade that the Houston Dynamo ace is a fearsome presence in attack.
Reports linking a Honduran international with a life-changing move across the Atlantic just aren’t going anywhere.
Speaking to Diez last week, Elis admitted that he would jump at the opportunity to put pen to paper with Celtic, adding that he had discussed a potential Parkhead switch with international team-mate and former Hoops left-back Emilio Izaguirre.
And Elis did his chances no harm whatsoever over the weekend, marking the MLS’s long-awaited return with a well-taken header during a 3-3 draw against LAFC.
The 24-year-old ran the visitors’ defence ragged in Texas and, as you might imagine, LAFC coach Bradley is glad to see the back of him for the time being.
“Your defenders have to be able to cover space behind. Obviously Houston tried to take advantage with long balls. They play a lot towards Alberth Elis, who is really good in the air,” said the one-time Swansea City and Egypt coach.
“They get flick-ons, but that can’t change the way we want to play. We have to control things.”
Standing at 6ft, Elis is not the tallest striker in the world but he certainly makes good use of his impressive leap, bounding around the pitch as if had mini pogo sticks in place of his studs.
And, considering that Celtic’s designated targetman Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been more Amido Balde than Moussa Dembele in Glasgow, Elis could perhaps give Neil Lennon a more viable Plan B if his dream move finally becomes a reality.
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