Already there are dissenting voices being raised on the subject of Miku. The Venezuelan arrived on deadline day but has been overshadowed by the less heralded Efe Ambrose who stood quietly beside him as they both arrived. Now, after drawing a blank at the weekend in a painful defeat to Kilmarnock much of the anger for the energy-free performance has been pointed at Miku.
But is this fair? And why is it so?
The answer to the first question is simple; no. The lad has come to Celtic Park with a goal-scoring pedigree in La Liga but has never been majorly prolific in his career. To expect a South American to arrive at Celtic Park via Spain’s cultured top flight and just to start banging them is a tad naive.
To date he has made 5 appearances and has yet to score. The charge being laid at his door is that he is lazy, disinterested and simply not good enough. Yet, from the limited time he has been on the pitch he looks very able to link up play – indeed, at the weekend he laid on 2 or 3 decent chances. There is no doubt he needs to speed up his movement and release of the ball but as he adjusts to the frenetic pace of the game over here his class as a footballer should start to tell.
Many players have trodden the path Miku is on and some fail (Bangura & Rasmussen) and others succeed (Larsson & McDonald). That is, coming from smaller team with some reputation and having to quickly realise just how big a club you have landed at. The game changes at Celtic. The pace is fiery. The opposition play as if in a cup final every week against you. The expectation is to win and win handsomely every week. The pressure is intense if you are not used to it and bigger players than Miku have come to Celtic in recent years and simply failed.
The difference here is that Miku is far too early in his career at Celtic to be written off. He is undoubtedly talented but needs to adapt and to do so quickly. Rumours have started that Miku wants to go back to Getafe already. If he does do this in January then so be it. What have we lost? Nothing really. I suspect these rumours are just that; rumours.
In all, Miku should come good if given the support. I will trust Lennon’s judgement on this. If he persists with Miku we know the Venezuelan is looking the part in training. I seem to recall Martin O’Neill doing the same with a certain John Hartson after the big Welshman drew a blank in his first ten games at Celtic. That didn’t turn out so bad, did it?