Diego Laxalt has had a baptism of fire at Celtic but the early signs are promising
Diego Laxalt hasn’t had an easy start at Celtic since signing on deadline day.
He was thrown in at the deep end against Rangers on his debut and followed that up with starts against parent club AC Milan and Aberdeen.
With changing personnel, formations and tactics across all those matches, the Uruguayan will at least know it’s interesting in Glasgow when things aren’t going well.
Still, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve seen of the player so far. He isn’t destroying teams on that left flank but he’s given us a good presence.
Clearly a player capable of carrying the ball, dribbling and passing forward, he’s also stood up well to attacking opponents.
There is one obvious weakness. Like Jeremie Frimpong on the right flank, his crossing leaves a lot to be desired and it’s something the new signing has to improve upon and quickly.
In fairness, we haven’t had much of an aerial threat in the box across the three matches, but our final ball from the wide positions needs to become much more dangerous if the use of attacking full-backs is going to be a viable strategy.
Laxalt will likely be Lennon’s first-choice heading into games against Lille, Aberdeen and Sparta Prague, giving the 27-year-old time to build communication and rapport with the rest of the defensive line before our next Scottish Premiership game away to Motherwell.
That will be crucial for his improvement and development at the club. While there have been promising signs, there is also room for improvement.
Hopefully, he’s just getting started.
These fans have taken to Twitter over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts on his performance against Aberdeen…
Laxalt lookin like he’s gonna be some player once he gets goin, defo stands out from the crowd anyway
— kieran 🇮🇪 (@kez_67) October 25, 2020
The positives being Rogic looked class again, Griffiths back scoring and Laxalt looking good. We need to find our spark soon
— jamie qwan (@jamiec0wan) October 25, 2020
Feel for Laxalt, still needs a little bit sharpening up but I think he’s done well considering the 3 games hes had to play. Poor guy doesn’t know what hes got himself into
— . (@_RH88_) October 25, 2020
Duffy – ’nuff said.
Ajer – when is he going to stop slide tackling?
Ntcham – play Turnball ahead of him.
Frimpong – can’t play RB.
Laxalt – class player.
Elyanoussi – What’s his best position?
We’ve got a great squad that’s seriously underperforming. The manager is the issue.
— Steve B (@1_stevebrown) October 25, 2020
Think the boys been class one of the stand out in the last 3 hopefully he keeps it up as it’s one of the only positives in the last few week 🙏🏻
— Frimpong (@JeremiePingPong) October 25, 2020
We are a shambles defensively @CelticFC. Frimpong is exceptionally poor defensively and offers very little offensively for me. Duffy has been an unmitigated disaster so far. Ajer always has mistakes in him – switches off defensively. Laxalt looks decent so far!!!!
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— Mark McGuire (@markmcguire04) October 25, 2020
All the criticism is warranted, this tweet is not designed to ignore any issues. But, a little positivity can’t hurt. Positives? Laxalt and Rogic
— Andy (@AndyMcCrimmon) October 25, 2020
A couple of positives from today. Rogic is one hell of a player when fully fit and Laxalt looks like a huge improvement on the left. Midfield wasn’t too bad and a fully fit Griff is still quality in the box.
— CheGuevara (@CheGuevaraTC) October 25, 2020