Celtic's Olivier Ntcham is not ready for Porto move
Olivier Ntcham is far from the big money Porto move he claimed was on the table in the summer.
The Frenchman signed a new contract with Celtic last week and revealed there was dialogue with the Portuguese giants.
A reported £14 million bid was penned but was rejected by Celtic.
Ntcham must show he is Celtic class before Porto move
The central midfielder has become one of the two first choice holding midfielders in Brendan Rodgers’ side.
On paper, the France under-21 international has had a fantastic year at the club – winning the treble.
Fans will agree that although a bit more accomplished now, Ntcham still has raw edges.
On form, he is unplayable and is Paul Pogba like in his play and can find a pass on a knife edge. On the other hand, there is still a daftness to him where he gets drawn into things that he shouldn’t be.
At 22 years old, Ntcham shouldn’t be brought into silly battles which seen him get sent off, notably at St Mirren.
Porto are known to enhance players and turn them world class for a massive profit.
Playing in the more competitive Portuguese league means less room for errors, where Ntcham sometimes falls short.
Enough games pass Ntcham by to notice and his passing gets more frustrating when playing like this.
Match winning instincts
What does go for him is that he always has something hidden in his locker that can surprise opponents.
The background and set-up to the first Celtic goal away in Anderlecht last season is the best example.
Ntcham was playing miserably awful and should have been hooked after 20 minutes but one sublime pass out of nowhere lead to the opener.
The ex-Manchester City man has also risen to the big occasions, scoring the only goal in the most recent Rangers match .
Frenchman is missed due to squad depth
Ntcham is out injured and Celtic haven’t looked back as they have been playing positively without the need for two holding midfielders domestically.
This isn’t necessarily his doing, but it shows a wider argument about the necessity of him in the team.
Scott Brown is the captain and is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon.
Against Livingston, Ntcham was missed as the current crop looked tired and nobody was available for rotation.
Maybe next year is time to cash in on Ntcham and £14 million is reasonable, though we can get a bit more.
Fans would much prefer a new right-back or sign Filip Benkovic permanently from Leicester.
Performing consistently in the Champions League would bring in bigger money.
Unfortunately, Ntcham hasn’t done so and won’t get the chance to do that due to Celtic’s failure to qualify.
Next season, Ntcham must prove his worth to help his current team achieve that feat. Then thoughts of money moves to massive clubs can be taken more seriously.
Try performing consistently in all Celtic games before speaking of other teams.