Celtic-owned left-back Andrew Gutman took the Man of the Match award last night, despite FC Cincinnati’s poor form.
The Hoops starlet was benched for the 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact last weekend. However, he was reinstated into his left-back role for the 2-0 defeat at home to Atlanta United last night.
A brace from highly-rated Josef Martinez won the day for Atlanta. However, Gutman clearly impressed on the night. The defender came close to scoring with a cross-cum-shot. Once again, the USA youngster bombed up and down the left as he looked to make things happen.
Considering Atlanta United are one of the best teams in the MLS and current MLS Champions, this speaks volumes of the youngster’s talent.
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) September 19, 2019
Despite the award, Cincinnati slipped to their sixth straight defeat. It’s been a struggle for Gutman to be on the winning side since he joined the MLS outfit back in early August.
He’s yet to win a single game since his loan move was finalised. His record with Cincinnati sits at six defeats and one draw from seven games. They still sit bottom of the division, a whole 13 points off Columbus Crew in 11th. The end of the season can’t come quick enough for the expansion side.
But even still, Gutman continues to impress back in his home country. Here’s a look at some of the fan reaction to his performance last night:
— Jason Morgan (@Fujidust76) September 19, 2019
— Greg Maschinot (@maschio2) September 19, 2019
Andrew Gutman can play… #CINvATL
— Brek Che (@TyBailey13) September 19, 2019
Andrew Gutman just handed out some sauce against Atlanta United
— Colton Bennett (@ColtonBennett) September 19, 2019
#cf97 legend Andrew Gutman not looking too bad against Atlanta tonight. Too bad Nelly's ego got in the way of signing him.
— Adam Merges (@firefan1998) September 19, 2019
Individual goals being achieved by Gutman
Gutman is becoming a real favourite with the Cincinnati supporters. They’re appreciating his talent and always seem to come out with praise for him post-match.
Gutman’s only real poor match came in a 5-1 mauling at home by Toronto FC. In every other he seems to be appeasing the supporters.
He’s scheduled to be in Cincinnati until the end of the 2020 MLS season. Therefore, it’s still some time before Celtic can call on him. By then, however, it looks like we could have a fine player on our hands.
It’s interesting that during our left-back struggles we allowed Gutman to go out on loan. You can question whether he’s good enough to play for Celtic at this stage of his career. However, the way he’s adapted to MLS football raises an eyebrow.
Hopefully we really see him start to break out when he arrives at Parkhead in the distant future. One thing’s for certain – he’s certainly impressing in the States.