Since he burst into the Celtic first-team back in 2010, James Forrest has established himself as one of the best wingers at the club in many a long year.
He has helped the Hoops win a host of trophies, and in the past few seasons has taken his game to a new level. That was rewarded when he was named as Scotland’s player of the year last season.
Interestingly enough, Hoops boss Neil Lennon feels that the player isn’t only a winger, despite his massive success in the position. He believes that the player could also thrive in the ‘number 10 position’.
“His finishing is getting better…and that’s with him playing on the left” Lennon said, as reported by the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 21, Page.07).
“An all-round package”
“We know he can play on the right and I think he can play in the number 10 role. I’ve got an all-round package with James, and he seems happy and in a good place” Lennon concluded.
It would certainly be interesting to see Forrest play in a role that is more of an attacking midfielder. He certainly has the game to do it. Perhaps it would allow him to score even more goals, if possible.
Time to experiment during winter break
With so many games coming up over the next month for the Hoops, Lennon may not have time for experimentation. However, if he wants to try Forrest in that role, there is plenty of time during the winter break to practice it.
Forrest has been in brilliant form for the Hoops this season on the wing. He has scored 13 goals and has 12 assists, and is on course for maybe his best ever season at the club. It would be a gamble to move him from his usual position.
However, if Neil Lennon thinks it will benefit the side then perhaps it is a move that could reap the rewards for the team.