Vakoun Issouf Bayo hoping to emulate Didier Drogba

Celtic’s new summer signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo is hoping to emulate Didier Drogba after making the switch to the Scottish champions Celtic. The Ivory Coast international became Celtic’s third signing during the winter transfer window after joining them from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda where he contributed 18 goals during the first half of the season.

In a report covered by The Scotsman, Bayo admitted that he is a huge admirer of Drogba, who made a huge name in Europe with Premier League side Chelsea. He added to suggest that he has the same strengths as the former Ivory Coast international and he is hoping to make an impact with Brendan Rodger’s team.

Didier Drogba is a bit like a big brother to me but we haven’t spoken to each other. I do hope I can have a career as good as he had but we will see what happens. When Didier was much younger, this is when you can compare us, he had speed which is one of my qualities and he was also very good with his head which is also one of my qualities, So yes, in a way I am inspired and playing in the same style as a young Didier Drogba,” he said.

Celtic had been hampered in the striking department with the deadline departure of Moussa Dembele and this partly contributed to them suffering rare defeats by their standard during the opening half of the campaign. However, that concern should be sorted hereafter, given Bayo has been added to bolster the frontline alongside Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke. Unlike Bayo, Weah and Burke have joined on short-term loans from Paris Saint-Germain and West Bromwich Albion respectively and Rodgers will be hoping that the club can utilise the added scoring prowess upfront to run away with an eighth successive league title. The Hoops are currently six points ahead of second-placed Rangers on the table.