Celtic legend Davie Hay has some advice for the Hoops summer signing Christopher Jullien. Jullien has been excellent for the Hoops since joining the club for £7 million from Toulouse in the summer.
However, he had arguably his worst game for the club in the recent 2-0 loss to Livingston. He didn’t handle the physicality that was on display by Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes.
That physical type of striker is something that Jullien will need to get used to facing in Scotland. Hay, writing in the Evening Times, had some advice for Jullien to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
“Last thing you do”
“If a player is physical against you, you have to match it, but the last thing you do is allow that to visibly affect your performance or sidetrack you from what you are meant to be doing” the former Hoops defender said.
Jullien seemed to be affected by his battle with Dykes, who it has to be said won the battle on the day between the players. He scored Livingston’s second goal.
Player won’t want to make same mistake again
Aside from that one performance against Dykes, Jullien has coped admirably with all that Scottish strikers have been able to offer.
However, other teams, after seeing the success that Dykes had, may be attempted to match their physical strikers with Jullien from now on.
That is why Jullien should take heed of Hay’s advice. The next time Jullien comes up against a physical striker, he will want to show who is boss and dominate the game. If he does what Hay suggests, he should be able to do that.