Brendan Rodgers should sell Celtic's Olivier Ntcham next month
Brendan Rodgers should be looking to offload Frenchman Olivier Ntcham next month.
The £13.5 million rated midfielder has been subject to a bid from Porto in the summer as reported by The Scotsman.
Decreased playing time for the foreseeable future means that his valuation will only decrease.
Rodgers doesn’t want bloated squad
A new contract and increased playing time saw to it that Ntcham stayed at Parkhead ahead of a move to Portugal.
However, a squad reshuffle has seen the 22-year-old fall to a bench player.
Rodgers consistently expresses his desire not to have a massive squad.
With Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic and perhaps Scott Brown ahead of him, the manager may look to sell this time round.
The former Manchester City youth may be surplus to requirements due to a differing playing style.
New set-up leaves out Ntcham
Two holding midfielders appear to hold Celtic back domestically.
This means there is only room for one in the new formation with McGregor keeping captain Brown away from that position.
McGregor is much more dynamic than Brown and Ntcham, and it’s working well for Celtic.
The France Under-21 international was tried at left midfield last week at Motherwell. However, Ntcham was hooked at half-time for tactical reasons – it didn’t work.
What can clubs get from him?
If Porto or whatever club need a holding midfielder, then he will work best there.
His decision making leaves a lot to be desired for any serious European club who could come in for him.
Additionally, some passes leave fans baffled in more ways than one.
He can have what appears to be a bad game where he can’t string a five-yard pass forward and then go on to make a 30-yard attempt that wouldn’t look out of place in any top league.
Porto are known for their development of players and it would be good for him.
It will be interesting to see how much more he plays before a decision is made by the end of January.
As of now, Ntcham is too far behind much more capable players.