Celtic manager Neil Lennon is not convinced by Olivier Ntcham’s effectiveness in a deep midfield role, according to Football Insider.
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Ntcham, 23, predominantly plays further up the field, but has been used in a deeper role as Lennon looks to manage the workload of his squad.
He looks set to be restored to a more attacking role though, as the manager doesn’t want to waste his creative abilities.
The Hoops will need to get the best out of Ntcham, with a close title race with rivals Rangers developing in the early stages of the season. As per Transfermarkt, the Frenchman has made only 22 of his career appearances in an attacking midfield berth, though it has yielded four goal involvements, compared to 17 goals and 14 assists in 102 appearances when playing deeper.
In the Europa League, the former Manchester City youngster has made more dribbles (according to WhoScored) per game (1) than the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, so it’s clear he can push on from the engine room when given the chance and establish himself as a key player.
Indeed, while Odsonne Edouard has led the line well this season, Leigh Griffiths has been unavailable for a long time, so as much attacking support for the striker as Celtic can get would obviously be helpful.
As was evident when Ntcham made himself a hero with a dramatic winner against Lazio in the Europa League recently, he can offer something when breaking from the middle of the park. With that in mind, Lennon’s thinking here looks correct and perhaps the player can be somewhat reinvented as a bonafide No.10, having made most of his career appearances as a conventional central midfielder.
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