Sky Sports reports that Hull City are close to agreeing a deal for Celta Vigo’s 25-year-old striker Kamel Ghilas. During this transfer window Phil Brown has made a concerted effort to increase the potency of his attack as evidenced by the deal just completed to bring Jozy Altidore on a season’s loan.
At 18, Ghilas moved from Algeria to play for AS Cannes, then in the French third division. The young man settled in well in France making 18 appearances in his first season. In his three seasons at Les Dragons Rouges he netted 22 goals in 85 games.
His form caught the eye of the Portuguese Ligue 2 side Vitoria Guimaraes, whom he joined, and his spell in Portugal was a major success. In his first season he helped Vitoria gain promotion to the top flight. His second season was even better as he formed part of a team that finished third in the Superliga, earning the Minho side a UEFA Champions League spot.
This success was marred by a contractual dispute between Ghilas and the club. His two year contract had come to an end and he was expecting an offer which reflected his standing at the club. With the chairman refusing to meet his demands he left on a free transfer to Celta Vigo. During his spell in Portugal he scored 17 goals in 58 appearances. In his solitary season in Spain’s second division, he was Celta’s top striker netting 13 goals.
Ghilas is used as a deep lying striker who looks to exploit the space between defense and midfield. As his statistics show he is not a prolific striker, he looks to set up chances for others and contribute with a few goals of his own. He is predominantly right-footed and can play on either wing.
The Algerian almost signed for Blackburn Rovers for £1.7 million, however the move broke down in the 11th hour. Blackburn Rovers claimed he had failed the medical, whereas Celta Vigo claimed that Rovers had attempted to renegotiate the transfer fee and player’s wages at the last minute.
Phil Brown is taking a massive gamble purchasing Ghilas. Apart from his time at Vitoria he has never experienced top flight football, and even that was in one of Europe’s minor leagues. Questions exist over his speed and technical ability which would be exposed on a weekly basis in the Premier League. We warn the perma-tanned one to keep away.
Video evidence of Kamel Ghilas can be seen here.