Christopher Jullien’s defending has most certainly come in for plenty of praise, but he also has his eyes on being a threat in the other penalty box.
The big Frenchman has come ridiculously close to his first Celtic goal in recent matches. He powered a header over at Easter Road, before spurning two glorious chances against Cluj from set-pieces. Against Livingston, he spun and tried to fire home from close-range with his left foot, but that was blocked with a desperate challenge.
It’s been a tad frustrating for Jullien in that sense. He’s getting into good areas and showing that he can be a real danger to the opposition in an attacking sense.
And, as he spoke to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 14, Page 24), Jullien stated that he “knows” he’s going to be finding the net with the Hoops.
“I know I’m going to score soon – I keep getting in the right positions so I need to take my chances. I can be a threat in the air and I want to be a bigger threat and help the team to score goals.
“I’ll go back to training and work some more on improving in those areas so I can make more of a difference. I’m really happy for the team and everyone here because the behaviour and mindset is something the team can be proud of.”
Only a matter of time before Jullien nets
One of the real frustrations of the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic was that the pair didn’t score enough in the opposition penalty area.
Boyata was particularly poor for this. Over his four years at Parkhead, he did manage 15 goals. However, last season, the Belgian only scored once in 32 appearances. Benkovic, meanwhile, scored only two in 27 outings.
Already, Jullien could’ve had at least four goals for Celtic given his latest botches in the box. But what he’s proving is that his power is too much for many centre-backs in Scotland to deal with. It’s surely only a matter of time before he nets and proves to be a good attacking option from set-pieces.
He looks more dominant than Boyata in the air, and in a way it most certainly looks as if we’ve upgraded in the big Frenchman.
It’s clear this is a goal for him too. At Toulouse, he only managed eight goals in 108 appearances. That’s something we would hope he would improve upon in the Scottish Premiership.
Evidently, his goal return is something that gnaws away at the big centre-back. Considering it’s something he’s keen to work on, that hopefully bodes well for us in the coming weeks.