Chris Sutton thinks that Celtic star's ‘adaptability’ contributed to poor run

By John Reid

February 1, 2020

James Forrest looks to be back to his best for Celtic in the last few games. The winger scored against St Johnstone, and provided assists against both St Johnstone and Ross County.

That is on the back of a poor run before the winter break, when Forrest wasn’t at his best, he was particularly poor against Rangers at Celtic Park.

The good news though is that he is back on form, and Chris Sutton has provided an intriguing reason for his dip in form.

He believes that the player’s adaptability and ability to play in different positions contributed to the poor form.

“Forrest’s adaptability was utilised. He swapped to the left-hand side for a few games, he played central just behind a striker and it looked as though he was almost right up top against Hibs before Christmas alongside Odsonne Edouard” he began, writing in his column in the Daily Record.

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“Got to have an effect”

“That’s got to have an effect. You do it to help the team and Forrest did so, but there is a strong case to say that’s why his levels dropped off and there was a slight dip towards the break.”

Celtic winger James Forrest / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is easy to see where Sutton is coming from. It must have an impact on a player when he has to adjust to a position that he can play in, but he is not at his best.

Forrest is at his best on the right-side for Celtic, where he takes players on and is able to drive towards the box and find the back of the net on a regular basis.

Playing in different role seems to impact game

When he was forced into a different role it seemed to have an impact on his game, which maybe led to his poor showing against Rangers when he returned to his natural position.

James Forrest takes a shot (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

However, the winter break looks to have done wonders for Forrest. His performance against St Johnstone in particular was excellent, as he looked back to the form that won him player of the year accolades last season.

Should he be kept in his natural position, there is no reason why Forrest cannot continue his great run of form for the rest of the season.