Big-money flop or shrewd investment? 21-year-old needs to improve for Celtic
COMMENT By James Black
Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham was Celtic’s ‘big’ summer signing with a fee of £4.5million winging it’s way to Manchester City for the 21-year-old.
The Frenchman made a bright start to life with Celtic and and quickly became a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side as they looked to build on last season’s treble success.
Playing in a deeper midfield role alongside captain Scott Brown, Ntcham impressed in his early games in the Hoops but has recently found himself relegated to a place on the bench.
Scotland star Stuart Armstrong has forced his way into the spot previously occupied by Ntcham and looks to be finding the form he showed last season.
With such a sizeable outlay for the French midfielder, he should be offering more in games for the Hoops and has been a disappointment so far.
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Given that he is only 21 though, it’s not as if Celtic have signed a player who was the finished article, so it’s way too early to writing him off as a big-money flop.
There’s clearly a player there but he needs to find some level of consistency and force his way back into the starting XI and prove himself to be a shrewd investment by the Hoops’ recruitment experts.
With Celtic having such a good record in recent years of finding players and selling them on a few years later at huge profit, Ntcham has time on his side to turn things around and show exactly why Brendan Rodgers was comfortable with spending so much on him.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his transfer plans for the January window.