Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has talked up a budding link-up at the club between two of the Hoops’ better players this season, Diego Laxalt and Mohamed Elyounoussi, the Celtic View reports.
Laxalt has been at Celtic for over a month, but Kennedy can see the players forming a relationship on the pitch which could be to the Hoops’ great benefit.
“Building a good relationship”
“He (Elyounoussi) is very clever in terms of understanding the players around him and what he needs to do to link up with them. He’s been linking up well with Diego. He reads the play well and understands where he needs to be if Moi’s in a good position. You can see that from both of them, so they’re certainly building a good relationship there” Kennedy said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 16, P. 5+6).
Laxalt’s performances since joining up with the Hoops from Milan has to be one of the stories of the season so far. There is no doubt that the player had a good pedigree, but he has been a stand-out performer since his first appearance for the club. Even Neil Lennon probably didn’t expect that.
Showing why £16m was spent
As for Elyounoussi, he is really showing why Southampton paid £16m for him. His performances in the last few weeks have kicked up a level, most recently shown in his memorable hat-trick against Motherwell.
He seems to be taking a new level of responsibility as Celtic look to get out of a poor run of form. If any player is capable of getting Celtic back on a winning run, then Elyounoussi is that man.
Few people would have expected a link-up to emerge between Laxalt and Elyounoussi, but that seems to be emerging in recent weeks. If both players can keep up their current run of form, then it could hugely benefit Celtic in the weeks and months to come.