Chris Sutton backing Olivier Ntcham to revive his Celtic career in 2021/22
Chris Sutton has stated his belief that Olivier Ntcham can revive his Celtic career this season under Ange Postecoglou.
Ntcham was sent out on loan for the second half of last season by Neil Lennon after a dip in both performance levels and attitude. After joining Marseille back in January, it looked as though that was the last we’d seen of Ntcham in a Celtic jersey.
However, since flopping in France, the narrative has somewhat changed once again. Postecoglou has shown faith in him already by taking him to Wales on our pre-season camp and giving him game-time.
Postecoglou stated earlier this month that Ntcham had his sights set on making an impression this season [Daily Record]. And Sutton believes he can turn his Hoops career around and be a “massive asset” this term.
Speaking on Premier Sports’ live coverage of Celtic vs Preston yesterday [Premier Sports 1, 17/07, 19:25], Sutton said: “Ntcham is a player who has had so much talent – I can remember him winning man of the match awards against Rangers, big performances in Europe.
“His career is on the drift, his career is going downhill. He may be one of those players who suits Celtic this season, who has to stay at Celtic, guts it out and thinks ‘well actually, I’ve got to perform to save my career’ – so he could be a massive asset.”
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Chris Sutton spot on; Celtic relying on Olivier Ntcham revival for squad depth
You won’t find one Celtic fan who questions the ability that Ntcham has. What’s always up for debate is whether he has the commitment to show it consistently. That’s been his problem at Parkhead over the last two years now.
If he really is determined to knuckle down and prove himself, then fair enough. We’ll always have room for a player of Ntcham’s talent. If truth be told, we could be reliant on it for squad depth.
Outside of Ismaila Soro and Callum McGregor, we’re struggling for quality central midfielders. Especially one who can play a holding or box-to-box role. David Turnbull will regularly be in the number 10 position you would imagine, so there’s definitely a spot for Ntcham here.
He wouldn’t be guaranteed football every week of course. He probably doesn’t even get into the starting XI just now. But could we use a fully-focused Ntcham to help bolster this squad? 100%.
It’ll be interesting to find out what spot he takes up come Tuesday night. If he’s part of the matchday squad, you have to imagine it’ll be as a bench-warmer. But given time he’ll get his opportunities, and it’ll be down to the Frenchman to take them.
He’s into the final year of his Parkhead contract too. There’s no better time for him to start putting himself in the market once again. If he can help us win the title back en route to doing just that, everyone’s a winner.