Should Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong transform into a right winger?

By David Walton

December 31, 2019

It’s fair to say we’ve seen enough of Jeremie Frimpong now to know his attributes, but would it perhaps be wise to turn him into a right-winger?

The right-back has impressed almost every time he’s played for us this season. He’s played on 17 occasions for us this term (Transfermarkt), and you could count the poor displays on one hand. For a 19-year-old, that’s not bad going whatsoever.

Yet it’s clear his main trait is his direct running and quick feet. He’s still yet to be seriously tested defensively, but did seem to struggle at times against Rangers when he was caught out of position on a couple of occasions on Sunday. So why not take that responsibility away from him?

Jeremie Frimpong is all about getting at the opposition (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given his game is clearly based on attacking and looking to get at opposition full-backs, perhaps it would be worth pushing him higher up the pitch.

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Not only might it be best for his game, but it would be what Celtic need at the moment too.

Frimpong could be Forrest’s competition

Right now, we have a worrying lack of competition for James Forrest. Behind him in the right-wing pecking order is the likes of Lewis Morgan and Maryan Shved. Neither have made any sort of positive impact this season.

Frimpong’s defensive attributes are still unclear (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact is that Forrest’s place in the first-team is too safe and secure. There’s not one player in our team who should feel safe in a position. Yet, the fact Jimmy has played 35 times this season shows that’s the case (Transfermarkt).

Another addition at right-mid is essential in January. Yet if we potentially decide to push Frimpong up there, that could honestly save the club millions in that position. We’ll do well to even find another right-winger with the attacking spark that Frimpong has provided us from right-back.

It’s not as if we aren’t stacked for right-sided full-backs either. Hatem Abd Elhamed will hopefully be back after the winter break, whilst Moritz Bauer’s confidence would surely rise if he knew Frimpong was moving position. Celtic also have Lee O’Connor in the development squad who has been playing right-back recently and did so for Ireland against New Zealand last month.

James Forrest could do with more competition at right-mid (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It means we can focus on other areas in January, and allows Jimmy to have frequent rests whilst seeing whether Frimpong can come alive higher up the pitch.

It’s a potential thought for Lenny as we head into the window. If we already have a fine right-winger at the club who can compete with Jamesy, is there any need to go out and sign another one?