Hatem Abd Elhamed's Celtic return can't be underestimated

By John Reid

January 7, 2020

 

The majority of Celtic fans would have been delighted to see Hatem Abd Elhamed spotted back in training in Dubai during the club’s winter break. The player has been out of action for the Hoops since the 2-1 win over Lazio at the start of November.

Thankfully, he now seems to be on the road to recovery, and will hopefully be back in the Hoops first-team sooner rather than later.

Excelled in majority of appearances

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Elhamed has only played 13 games for the Hoops this season, but he has excelled in the majority of those, playing mostly as a right-back. In fact, so well has he played, that his return to fitness and to the first-team is arguably as important as signing the Hoops will make in the January transfer window.

There are two other important elements to Elhamed’s return to the first-team that should be taken into account. Firstly, his return can enable Jeremie Frimpong to be given a break. Frimpong has been excellent for the Hoops since breaking into the first-team.

Return could give youngster a break

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However, he could do with a rest after what has been a whirlwind start to his Hoops career. That is where Elhamed comes in. He was the Hoops’ right-back before his injury, and you imagine he will be again when he returns.

It should also be taken into consideration that Elhamed has played at centre-back often in his career. He is just the player to put pressure on the likes of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer until Jozo Simunuvic returns to full fitness.

The phrase ‘like a new signing’ when a player returns from injury is often a cliché. However, that does not need to be the case with Elhamed. He is so important to the Hoops team that his return should be celebrated. Hopefully he is able to recapture the form he showed before his injury.