It’s almost a year now when Celtic concluded a deal with Ipswich Town that brought Kundai Benyu to Glasgow.
Brendan has had his ears filled with good report about the young midfielder and signed him amid strong interest from West Ham.
The Celtic manager admitted that his plan was to send Benyu out on loan immediately in order to gain first-team experience straight off the bat. However, after several impressive displays in training, the Irishman decided to hold on to the youngster to personally oversee his short-term development.
After getting a few run outs, it became obvious the 20-year-old was struggling and he was used in the developmental squad.
In January Rodgers acted according to his original plan and loaned the young lad out to get vital first-team football at Oldham. The English side was keen to get him in to aid the team’s fortunes, however, after just a handful of appearances, Kundai found himself relegated to the bench in no time.
Speaking to some Oldham players they believed that the Celtic loanee was a luxury player Oldham could not afford in their dogfight. Benyu has not played any game since early February and has even dropped out of the matchday squad altogether.
With very minimal first team experience, the youngster’s loan spell has been miserable so much that he will be desperate for a return to Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers must decide if Kundai can be fixed somewhere in the team, if not, then he needs to find a suitable club where the 20-year-old can be sent on loan to and where he will receive game time.
At only 20 years of age, he still has the better part of his career ahead of him and has ample time for improvement but the summer sill prove key to what Rodgers sees for the bhoy.