Celtic loanee Olivier Ntcham has already endured a tough start to life at Marseille.
It’s bad enough when your new coach leaves upon hearing of your arrival. Add to that discontent from supporters, not being included in a match-day squad… it’s a bad scene for the Frenchman.
At least he’s got Michael Owen backing him up.
Unfortunately, it just got even worse for the Lazio Slayer. Ntcham has picked up an injury which will rule him out against his boyhood club, PSG. According to the Daily Record, the central midfielder is going to miss a massive opportunity to win over Marseille fans, who pointed out his love of their fiercest rivals.
You probably couldn’t ask for a worse start to life at a new club. Just this morning, we shared quotes from the Frenchman, who boasted of being an “asset” to his loan club.
Ntcham said on OM’s official site:
“Olympique de Marseille is the biggest club in France, with the greatest fervour and the greatest supporters.
“Having a player like me who has played a lot in the Champions League or the Europa League, I think that’s always an asset.
“I’m going to bring my personality already (in the dressing room). Energise it, bring a lot of positivity, I hope we will do great things together.”
Celtic exile Olivier Ntcham making more headlines after leaving
Ultimately, Celtic couldn’t get the best from Olivier Ntcham. Not on a regular basis, anyway. There were flashes of greatness; performances under Brendan Rodgers, European exploits, Cup Final goals. In the end, though, few lamented Ntcham leaving Glasgow.
The ex-Manchester City prospect was after a move. Porto bid a whopping £13m for the Frenchman back in 2018 [Goal], and a combination of speculation and not settling in Scotland affected him.
It’s a huge shame, because there’s so obviously a talented player there. A move to France might be perfect for Ntcham, who was decent on loan in Serie A with Genoa. More familiar surroundings and a better climate might really help the midfielder in the long run.
That’s in the future though. For now, Ntcham has to simply sit inside and not do anything. He has the reverse midas touch at the moment, and he’ll be desperate not to miss any more opportunities for his new club.