Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that Christopher Jullien could become a leader in the Hoops’ current line-up.
In his column for the Daily Record, Sutton is confident that the 26-year-old centre-back will emerge as one of Celtic’s leaders on the pitch and has been impressed by the start he has made since coming to the club from Toulouse in the summer.
Reflecting on the Hoops’ 1-1 draw away to Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday, Sutton wrote in the Daily Record: “Christopher Jullien looks like he’s going to be a rock for Celtic.
“It’s dangerous to go overboard on players early but my impression is he makes good decisions defensively. He attacks it at the right times and drops off at the right times.
“Jullien doesn’t like a bombscare to me. He has the makings of a leader and he was terrific back in his homeland.”
Based on the performances that Jullien has given for Celtic so far, it’s not surprising that Sutton has earmarked the France under-20 international as leadership material.
The centre-back has started nine of the Hoops’ 15 matches so far this season, with Neil Lennon’s team conceding just six goals when he has been on the pitch (0.66 per game). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Celtic have conceded the same amount of goals in the six games where he didn’t start (one per game), with CFR Cluj scoring before he came on as a substitute in the away leg of their Champions League qualifier and Jullien absent for the 3-4 home defeat in the return fixture that consigned them to the Europa League. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
In Thursday’s match against Rennes, he won three tackles and made three interceptions, both figures the joint-most of any Hoops player on the night, as well as winning one aerial duel. [via WhoScored.com]
Jullien’s performance in the Glasgow derby win over Rangers at the start of September, his first appearance in the fixture, was praised by several reporters afterwards.
Sky Sports‘ Allan Valente wrote that he “threw himself at deliveries into the box to give [goalkeeper Fraser] Forster a comfortable afternoon”, while The Scottish Sun‘s Derek McGregor said that he was “imperious in the air, especially in [the] closing stages with Celts under pressure”.
His display against Rennes also drew commendation, with Kenny MacDonald of The Scottish Sun describing it as “commanding”, while Sourav Mahanty of The Celtic Bhoys said after last week’s win at Hamilton that the centre-back is “starting to look like an imposing figure in defence”.
At 26 years of age and with 99 games in Ligue 1 to his name, Jullien seems to have adequate experience to emerge as a leader at the back for Celtic, with fellow centre-back Kristoffer Ajer still only 21.
With the Frenchman’s battling qualities being praised in many quarters and Celtic’s defence statistically far better with him in the side than without, Sutton could be right in saying that Jullien is well positioned to soon become a hugely influential presence in the team.
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