Celtic loanee Olivier Ntcham doesn't make bench as Marseille labour to draw

By Euan Davidson

February 4, 2021

Poor Celtic loanee Olivier Ntcham.

Not only did he join a club whose manager wasn’t keen. He’s also reportedly a big fan of Marseille’s biggest rivals, PSG, and it didn’t take much for fans to find that out.

The Ligue 1 side, who sit 9th in the table, are without a manager following the “suspension” of Andrés Villas-Boas. Marseille are undergoing disciplinary proceedings with the coach before he’s let go entirely.

So, a win would’ve been nice last night, away against 7th place Lens. It didn’t come [The Guardian]. 2-2 was the final score during a frantic week for L’OM. Olivier Ntcham, meanwhile, didn’t even make the bench.

Florian Thauvin gave Marseille the lead, before Millik added a second in first half injury time. A second-half collapse and two goals from the hosts ensured another frustrating day for the French giants.

Even with the invention and guile of experienced players like Dimitri Payet, Marseille continue to disappoint.

Former Olivier Ntcham’s most recent match in France / (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Ex-Celtic man Olivier Ntcham has quite the job to do

If he’s going to force his way into a new manager’s plans at Marseille, Ntcham has work to do. While he might be lacking in match fitness, given his lack of recent opportunities at Celtic, he’ll still feel aggrieved. If he’s going to win over a very vocal support, he needs minutes and performances pronto.

It’s been a sad time for the former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham. On his day, there’s undoubted talent there. Under Brendan Rodgers, Ntcham showed flashes of immense creativity and goalscoring finesse.

He also has a sense for the big occasion, as goals in Europe and Scottish Cup Finals [BBC] have shown.

The former Manchester City prospect, who spent time in Serie A prior to joining Celtic, has excellent technique and when he’s on, he’s a very good footballer. If he was able to reach his peak, and stay at that level, he could be a manager’s dream.

Sadly, application seems to be an issue for the Frenchman. Here’s hoping he finds motivation at Marseille, but it’s been a torrid, treacherous start.