Former Celtic man Jeremie Frimpong impresses in Bundesliga debut
Former Celtic right-back Jeremie Frimpong won’t have enjoyed his full debut for Bayer Leverkusen.
The Dutchman had a brief but unsuccessful cameo role in Bayer’s 2-1 German Cup loss to Rot Weiss Essen [DW]. Fine, it’s not quite Ntcham levels, but as introductions to a new club go? Not ideal for the sparky full-back.
However, Leverkusen romped to a 5-2 win against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga today. Introduced in the 74th minute alongside Leicester City alumni Demerai Gray, the two combined for Die Werkself’s 5th goal on the day [Bundesliga].
In a typically roving sprint, Frimpong advanced with the ball before moving it into the 18-yard box. From the ensuing danger, Gray scored on his debut, marking a stellar return for both the new signings in the German top-flight. It’ll have no doubt calmed any lingering nerves on Frimpong’s part, with the German Cup defeat now consigned to history.
Kerem Demirbay (2), Leon Bailey and Florian Wirtz scored earlier on in the tie for Bayer, while two goals from Sasa Kalajdzic couldn’t keep Stuttgart within touching distance. It’s a result that sees Leverkusen sit 4th in the Bundesliga, although Eintracht Frankfurt can leapfrog them with a win in their game in hand.
Good signs for ex Celtic man Jeremie Frimpong
Many Celtic supporters won’t like the way Frimpong left the club. However, there’s surely no overwhelmingly negative feelings present towards the full-back.
He just wasn’t happy playing for Celtic. Given his positive demeanour and personality, it must’ve taken quite a lot to get him to that point. Before Leverkusen snapped the full-back up, Roma aside, he wasn’t touted with a big-money move short term.
So his departure was sudden and surprising, from a supporter’s perspective. While Celtic have since snapped up Everton starlet Jonjoe Kenny on loan, it’s still worth keeping an eye on Frimpong. A player who gave his best to the club during a short stay, we hope he thrives in a top-5 league.