Moritz Bauer’s time at Celtic could probably be described as frustrating for the player himself.
He arrived from Stoke City on loan, and it would’ve been with a view to playing regularly at Parkhead. He didn’t come up here just to sit on the bench. After all, that’s just exactly what he was doing with the Potteries.
But, we would all be kidding ourselves if we said his time here has been any different. Since arriving in August, Bauer has been available for 14 games. He’s started a grand total of four. He’s also come on from the bench in just two more.
That means in eight other games he’s been ready to play, he either hasn’t made the squad or has been left on the bench (Transfermarkt).
This isn’t the level of game-time Bauer would’ve expected when he arrived. It would be a real surprise if he was 100% happy with how things have gone since he arrived.
He did prove in Italy that he can still do a job. Granted, he only came on for the closing stages, but he still looked sharp and snappy as he dealt with whatever came his way. There wasn’t any sluggishness shown.
If there is any discontent from him regarding his game-time, of course, he may have just been given a glimmer of hope.
Injury woes could help Bauer
Neil Lennon has still to update us all on the availability of Hatem Abd Elhamed. The Israeli posted a slightly mysterious message on social media that hinted he could be out for a while. The Daily Record believes that he could be out for at least three weeks.
If this happened earlier on in the season, Bauer would’ve been the likely replacement. Unfortunately for the Austrian, Jeremie Frimpong has thrown himself into contention with his own recent performances.
But Frimpong also won’t play every single game. If Elhamed is out for an extended period of time, Bauer will get his long-awaited opportunities to shine in this Celtic team.
It’s debatable as to whether he’ll be able to displace either Frimpong or Elhamed in the long-term. But it would be much sought after game-time for him. At this point, that’s all that matters.
Lennon stated a couple of weeks ago in the Celtic View that we would see more of Bauer (Volume 55, Issue 17, Page 06). Now seems like the perfect opportunity for that to happen.
Nobody can deny Bauer hasn’t been patient this season. But he needs games at the end of the day. Between now and Christmas, it looks likely he’ll get some after Elhamed’s latest blow.