Celtic have been out of form this season and with their influential full back Emilio Izaguirre out injured, the likes of Beram Kayal should have come to the fore, but the Israeli has been a shadow of his former self yet he is set to sign a new deal – is it warranted?
Celtic signed Kayal on a four-year deal in July 2010 becoming Neil Lennon’s seventh signing and in his first season at the club the Israeli midfielder was one of Celtic’s top performers and became a fans favourite.
During the summer, the likes of Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers were sniffing around Kayal with a view to signing him, but he stayed on at Celtic with the club entering into negotiations with the player to extend his stay at Celtic based on his first year performances. To date he has still to sign on the dotted line and this delay is arguably having an impact on the player’s performances this season.
According to reports in the media today, Celtic are close to tying up a new deal for Kayal which would see the player doubling his wages at Celtic Park. It is understood that a verbal agreement has been agreed with the midfielder and with the constant wranglings over a new deal, the 23-year-old has seen his form slump this season culminating in him being substituted at half time with Celtic 3-0 down at Rugby Park before Celtic staged a comeback in the second half to secure a point.
The new deal will see Kayal take him within reach of the club’s biggest earners and add a further year to his current deal which will see the player stay at Celtic Park until 2015.
The question must be asked though, why should a player be rewarded with a new contract and double his wages when he is out of form? The Israeli looked out of sorts on Saturday, even looking disinterested and was close to being red carded also.
Many players have had a great first season at Celtic Park and then seen a nose-dive of form the following season – such as Zurawski and Naylor. While it is too early to state whether Kayal will be lumped into the list of one season wonders, Celtic must sort out the negotiations sooner rather than later if it is hampering the Israeli’s form on the pitch.
What are your thoughts? Should Kayal be rewarded with a new deal while he is in such a bad run of form? Is it just a temporary slump or is it tied in with the club’s form as a whole?