Dedryck Boyata joined Celtic in the summer of 2015 from Manchester city for £1.5m, having played 13 Premier League games for City and 13 for Bolton. He hadn’t really played regular football, then joined Celtic and has now played 71 Scottish Premier League games over the last 3 seasons. Playing consistently and well for Celtic meant that he got a call up back into the Belgium National team in 2016 after playing 45 mins in 2010. He played once in 2016, twice in 2017 and then got back in the team in the run up to the World Cup. He played 3 games in Russia, and did very well.
It feels to me that the player surprised a few people at the World Cup, yes people thought he was doing well in the SPL but they still had their doubts on how good a defender he was. I think this is the crux of the issue. I think the agent knows that his clients stock may never be as high as it is now so has to strike when the irons hot. But it doesn’t give the agent or the player the right to behave like they have done.
The role the agent has played is to try and engineer a move away, he wants the move to happen as there may not be a better opportunity to take his client to a club in a top league in Europe and the money that comes with this. The player will no doubt double his salary at least if he was to go elsewhere. But in speaking publicly and talking about broken promises he has ensured that it will be very difficult for his client to play for Celtic again. If he doesn’t find that move away then the players stock will de value as he sits on the side-line.
The player also has to take some personality, the agent works for him, he doesn’t have to agree with everything he suggests. The player has massively let his team mates, manager and the fans down by reportedly choosing to make himself un available for the game against AEK Athens. I’m pretty sure he will be regretting that decision now. This is the manager that has made him the player he is right now.
With Sevilla rumoured to be preparing a bid, the player and the agent have put Celtic in a position that they have to now sell him but the Peter Lawwell won’t sell if they don’t get the right price for him so clubs abroad can forget about a cut price deal. I hope for Celtic’s sake they can get the price they want for him, bring in a couple of replacements and move on. Although the players decision not to play against AEK has cost Celtic a lot more.