So it turns out that Marvin Compper’s fitness troubles haven’t followed him to Germany.
The Celtic flop, who only managed to make one single appearance in a 19-month spell at Parkhead, has been making a real renaissance of his career back in his homeland.
When the German went home to join third-tier side MSV Duisburg, not many would’ve thought his impact there would be positive. Considering the fact he always seemed injured for us, we were entitled to feel that he would struggle to play regularly.
Yet, his form for Duisburg this season goes against the idea that he struggles to play regularly. Incredibly, Compper has played 90 minutes in 12 of his clubs’ matches this season. Better yet, he started off the campaign with 11 consecutive starting spots, playing the full duration of each of them (Transfermarkt).
Granted, Compper’s season did hit a roadblock in late October. A muscle tear kept him out for the best part of just over a month. Yet, he returned in December and played 135 minutes of his final two games before their winter break.
Compper’s Duisburg are leading a promotion charge
Compper’s side are top of the league in the 3. Liga table. Duisburg suit two points clear of Ingolstadt, and don’t look like dropping their advantage anytime soon.
It’s ironic to see Compper playing such a key role. Even if it is indeed a lower standard, there will still be some decent footballers in that division. Yet Compper appears as though he’s on a role with his fitness levels, something that seemed to keep him well down the pecking order at Parkhead.
It’s starting to look as though the German was likely fit enough at Celtic but just unfavoured. That’s not to say that was the wrong decision either. Compper looked ropey in his only Celtic appearance against Morton, and he had better players ahead of him.
But he’s ended 2019 with a fine renaissance under his belt. His overall record with Duisburg in matches he’s featured in reads at eight wins, four defeats, and three draws. Funnily enough, Duisburg’s best run of form came after Compper picked up his injury, when they went on a run of five consecutive wins.
However, that’s no slight on Compper. He’s clearly making an impact back in his homeland. Granted he’s nowhere near playing Bundesliga opposition anytime soon, but he’s clearly enjoying his football once again with their current situation.
Nobody could’ve predicted that kind of success for him six months ago.