McAvennie blasts 'lazy' Ajeti and expects Celtic to devise new back-up plan after hammering
Frank McAvennie has blasted Albian Ajeti for his “lazy” performances at Celtic after Thursday’s 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen
The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old Switerzland international “doesn’t want to move” when leading the line.
Kyogo Furuhashi replaced Ajeti in the starting XI against Leverkusen after being sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury.
The former West Ham man came on as a substitute but was powerless to prevent a 4-0 defeat at Celtic Park.
The loss means the Hoops have managed just one victory in five outings – the League Cup win over Raith Rovers last month.
Ajeti started every game after Kyogo’s injury, scoring three in five matches.
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Despite this, McAvennie criticised the striker for his work against the ball, branding him “lazy”.
He claimed Celtic have to employ a different system when Ajeti is part of the Hoops side.
“For Postecoglou to play the way he wants to play, he needs a certain type of player,” McAvennie told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.
“Kyogo is that kind of player. Ajeti is lazy – he’s not that kind of player.
“He just wants to score goals, he doesn’t want to move.
“I think that’s why they’re struggling, he doesn’t lead from the front. He doesn’t chase down and press defences like Kyogo.
“I would say you’ve got to have a backup plan if Kyogo is out in future because Ajeti can’t play that system.”
Japan international Kyogo has enjoyed an electric start in Scotland after his summer move, scoring seven in 10 for Celtic so far this season.
Ajeti could slip down the pecking order even further in coming weeks, with summer signing Georgios Giakoumakis yet to return from a calf injury.