Celtic could do worse than keep tabs on Dundee Utd's Cameroon international Jeando Fuchs
As Celtic continue to keep tabs on Scottish football’s best talents, they could do a lot worse than start monitoring the progress of Dundee Utd’s Jeando Fuchs.
Fuchs signed for the Tannadice club back in October 2020 during last year’s prolonged summer transfer window. In his debut season in Scotland, at 22, he cemented himself as a mainstay in Micky Mellon’s side.
Celtic came up against him once last term when he showed his ball-winning skills against the likes of David Turnbull and Ryan Christie respectively. He was a key reason as to why chances in that 0-0 April clash at Tannadice were so rare.
Yesterday, however, he proved that it was anything but a one-off. Fuchs was a total nuisance to the Hoops midfield throughout the entire 90 minute. The Cameron international, who is a natural ball-winner, proved far too much for the likes of James McCarthy.
Whilst he was indeed lucky to stay on the pitch, he certainly took advantage of Celtic’s midfield imbalance.
The likes of Tom Rogic often lost the ball to him, whilst David Turnbull could hardly find any space outside the penalty area due to Fuchs’ tenacity.
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He appears to have gone up a level under Tam Courts this season. He was fantastic in the recent Dundee derby win, but you could say his performance at Celtic Park was his breakthrough moment.
Stat experts WhoScored gave him an impressive ranking of 7.43 out of 10. He managed four successful tackles and five interceptions. Not to mention blocking a couple of efforts on goal from the Hoops too.
His ball-winning skills were on full show at Celtic Park. And let’s also not forget how impressive he was in their recent win over Rangers too. Fuchs has had plenty of time to adapt to the Scottish game and he’s doing it in style.
This doesn’t mean we should race away and sign him because of a few performances against ourselves and Rangers of course. But Celtic consistently claim that they’re always monitoring Scottish football’s best talents. John Kennedy said as much back in May [Scottish Sun]. If that’s the case, it’s time to start keeping tabs on Fuchs and seeing how he performs over the course of a season.
At only 23, there’s plenty of room to develop there. He’s exactly the kind of Scott Brown replacement Celtic have been on the hunt for.
And if he produces the kind of display we saw yesterday on a consistent basis, a step up will be on the cards for him very soon.