Celtic youngster Jeremie Frimpong has been going the extra mile to improve on a specific part of his wing-back game, he’s revealed in an interview with The Celtic View (11/11 print edition, page 22).
Everyone knows that Frimpong is a dynamic, exciting presence on the right flank.
When he’s dribbling with the ball, he can cause opposition defences all sorts of problems at home and abroad.
His pace is also electric, giving him a considerable advantage when bombing forward on the overlap.
However, he does have key weaknesses – most notably his decision making, crossing and final ball.
Despite often being one of our primary attacking outlets, he still only has three assists this season, only one of which has come in the Scottish Premiership (Transfermarkt).
It’s a number he can definitely improve.
There were signs of progress recently against Lille when he slipped back a classy ball for Mohamed Elyounoussi to turn home.
He’s now opened up on the lengths he’s going to in an attempt to add more danger to his play.
As quoted by The Celtic View (11/11 print edition, page 22), he said: “I’ve been staying on after training to work on some areas I want to improve on. I’ve been focusing on crossing and delivery into the box.
“I’ve been getting into those areas, but my final ball was letting me down.
“I want to improve my crosses and passes in those areas because I know it can really help the team. The coaches and gaffer have been helping me with that after training, and it’s something I’m going to keep working on.
“When I got the assist in the Lille game, I was really happy because I had been working hard on it. Hopefully, I can get many more assists.”
If Frimpong adds a quality final ball to his game, then it could be genuinely transformative for Celtic and add a substantial new threat to the team’s attacking play.
Clearly, Lennon thinks it is worth prioritising too. Frimpong wouldn’t be asked to do extra training if our coaches didn’t know it’s something he can learn.
His cut-back for Elyounoussi against the Ligue 1 side was notable, and I’d love to see that kind of composure from the youngster in and around the box over the coming weeks.
After avoiding serious injury against Motherwell on Sunday, we could be about to see the best of Frimpong.