Olivier Ntcham already impressing after playing first match since leaving Celtic

By David Walton

September 13, 2021

Olivier Ntcham played his first match since leaving Celtic on Saturday, and it appears the new Swansea City man is already receiving plaudits.

Ntcham’s Parkhead career came to a disappointing end in the summer after being ineffective for the Hoops over an 18-month period. The Frenchman spent the second half of last season on loan with Marseille, before Celtic decided not to extend his contract for another year.

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Constant question marks had been placed over Ntcham’s head when it came to his commitment to Celtic. This stretched back to comments made to L’Equipe in 2019 about wanting to leave the club.

So it came as no surprise to see him leave in the summer. Albeit, there’s no denying he had greater hopes than landing with Swansea in the English Championship.

Even so, Ntcham made his debut for the club on Saturday in the 0-0 draw against Hull City. It was his first appearance since April when he featured for Marseille.

Olivier Ntcham off to a promising start after his Celtic departure

Stat-trackers WhoScored gave the midfielder a ranking of 6.71/10 for his display. He managed three shots on goal and landed two key passes. Despite that, Ntcham had one of the lowest passing accuracy stat out of anyone in the Swansea side. He produced 51 passes with an accuracy percentage of 86.3%. This would be the third-worst out of anyone in the starting XI.

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But clearly, stats don’t tell the full story, as Swansea fans were left delighted with what they saw from the Frenchman. Considering it was only his first game in five months, he has a right to be relatively pleased with himself.

Of course, Celtic fans will remember back to 2017 when Olivier signed for the club from Manchester City. We got off to a similarly promising start that looked like turning into a full-blown love affair. We know how that ended when Ntcham started to believe he was ready for a bigger stage.

That’s certainly something the Swansea supporters will need to be wary about. He’s always had ambition and most certainly quality. However, channeling that in the right manner has always been a struggle for the former City man.

Regardless, he’s off to a good start in Wales it seems. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to his display at the weekend:

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