Celtic starlet Jeremie Frimpong has explained why he swapped being a Manchester City youngster to a Parkhead one.
Things couldn’t have gone better for the right-back on an individual basis. Despite arriving to little fanfare, the Dutchman has managed to accumulate 17 appearances this season at right-back (Transfermarkt).
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has shown remarkable faith in him. With Moritz Bauer often benched, Frimpong has seen his career go from Premier League 2 matches to cup finals against Rangers. Not one person or supporter could claim he’s made the wrong move.
And Frimpong himself has openly explained what it was that lured him to Scotland, despite the potential prospect of trying to work his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans. Speaking in an interview with the Celtic View published on the club’s official website, here’s what he had to say:
“I knew Celtic were a big team, and they’re known for playing young players and bringing young players on. Celtic also are always involved in European football, in the Champions League and the Europa League.
“I thought I’d love to give it a try, and now, what, four-five months on, it was the best decision of my life so far. Everyone can see it, and I think things are going perfectly at the moment. I wouldn’t say I’ve had it easy, I’ve had to put in the hard work to get here, and that’s never going to stop.”
Frimpong already experiencing the highs and lows of senior football
His emergence back in October has taken everyone by surprise. To overtake such an experienced defender in Bauer in the pecking order is impressive.
From his debut back in September against Partick Thistle to his defeat to Rangers on Sunday, the youngster has already experienced ups and downs. There’ll be plenty more of them too, but on days like Sunday he has to look at how far he’s come.
He’ll be loving getting involved in games such as these as opposed to staying in a glorified reserve league down in England. His main focus now will be on bouncing back from his derby disappointment. He did that after being sent off in the cup final at the start of the month, so there’s no reason to expect anything less next month.
The big question mark after Sunday, however, is whether we would’ve been better off with Hatem Abd Elhamed’s strength down the right. Frimpong was given no help from James Forrest, and it often saw him darting down the right on his own and being shrugged off the ball with ease.
When Elhamed returns, it could be worth Lenny having a rethink about Frimpong’s best position. But that’s no slight on the youngster, he’s still had a stunning first few months at the club.
When Frimpong reflects on his campaign so far, he should look at it with extreme pride. He says it’s the best decision of his life, and that statement will surprise nobody.