At this stage of the game, it’s safe to say that the signing of Jeremy Toljan has proven to be one big disappointment.
So much was expected of the German when he signed. Celtic fans were extremely excited about the signing on social media, and after his debut against St Johnstone, it’s fair to say there was plenty of optimism.
The Hoops certainly milked it when they signed him with their social media post. They knew that Toljan was the signing many were wanting on transfer deadline day.
And that’s because Mikael Lustig had been slowing up. More and more positional mistakes were coming into his game. His mistake at Ibrox and lack of pace against Ryan Kent was telling, and a replacement was a necessity at that point.
All of this combined has helped to make Toljan one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory.
It didn’t take long after his debut against St Johnstone to start showing frailties. In tough matches against the likes of Kilmarnock, Hearts, and Valencia away, Toljan struggled. He was sent off in Spain – effectively ending any slim chances we had of progressing in Europe against Valencia.
But it’s his all-round showings which haven’t lived up to the hype. He looks uncomfortable on the ball, and often has been playing the safe pass whilst at Celtic.
We haven’t seen much in the form of pace from him, and he hasn’t looked much of an improvement defensively either.
Number two right-back under Neil Lennon
It appears that his quiet and unconvincing displays have been enough for Neil Lennon. Lustig has earned his place back and started in Celtic’s last four matches. That doesn’t read well for the Dortmund loan signing.
The most disappointing aspect of his arrival is the fact he doesn’t look like a Lustig upgrade. At the very least, they’re on a level scale in terms of what they bring to the side.
Some supporters recently ran out of patience with Toljan too. Many will likely have expected a bombing full-back that showed confidence and oozed class on the ball. Instead, what we got was a run-of-the-mill full-back, who doesn’t look overly-confident and is defensively there to be got at.
That’s not to say there haven’t been moments. The German has occasionally got down the right and found himself in space to get deliveries into the box. But that has just set us up for another of his failings, as Toljan’s crossing has been poor.
He only has one assist to his name since arriving in January. And whilst it’s clear he’s been trying his best, he just hasn’t offered any improvement on Lustig.
Considering the positivity and hype surrounding his arrival, Toljan has unfortunately proven himself to be a real disappointment in Scotland.