Four months ago, reports from Austria were suggesting Celtic would need to put a club-record transfer fee on the table if they wanted to sign the hottest striker in the country (OE24).
And, at the time, Shon Weissman’s alleged £9.1 million price tag – one that would have seen him replace Odsonne Edouard in the history books – felt justified (Telegraph).
Not only had the Israel international proven himself at Europa League level – scoring in a 4-0 thumping of Borussia Monchengladbach – he was in the midst of a remarkable run of form in the domestic game too.
By the time the 2020/21 season finally came to its conclusion, Weissman had to make room on his mantelpiece for the Austrian Bundesliga Golden Boot award after hitting 30 goals in 31 league games – and 37 across all competitions.
Flash forward to mid-December, however, and Weissman’s purple patch has dried up quicker than a drop of red wine on your favourite white shirt.
In eight La Liga matches, the former Maccabi Haifa striker has yet to open his account for his new club, Real Valladolid.
So while Celtic fans have been vocal about their failure to sign Brentford goal-machine Ivan Toney during the summer, there’s a reason why you haven’t heard much of Weissman since the October transfer deadline passed.
Out of sight, out of mind.
“Weissman has to wait for his opportunity,” Valladolid coach Sergio Gonzalez tells El Desmarque, explaining why his new signing has played just 28 minutes across the past four La Liga matches
Of course, it takes time for any player to adapt to a new land and a new style of play.
But while Valladolid weren’t exactly expecting Weissman to break the 30-goal barrier again this season, there’s understandable concern about his miserable start to life in Spanish football.
Perhaps going from St Polten and Hartberg to Real Madrid and Atletico was a classic case of ‘too much, too soon’. Maybe Weissman would have found it a bit easier up against the St Johnstones and Hibernians of the world.
After all, the step up from Austrian football to La Liga is like climbing Mount Everest. In comparison, moving to Scotland would have felt more akin to taking on Ben Nevis.