Teenage Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has been lauded by team-mate Scott Brown, who reckons that the 19-year-old will be “worth serious money” in the future.
The youngster joined the Hoops from Manchester City in the summer and club captain Brown has already seen fit to compare him with ex-Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, who became the club’s record sale when joining Arsenal for £25m in August (as per BBC).
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Speaking to the Daily Record, Brown said: “I don’t think there’s been anyone apart from him and Kieran who’ve broken into the team at that age and done that well in such a short amount of time. He [Frimpong] will be worth serious money in a few years.”
The 34-year-old added: “There’s no catch with him. He’s just very, very good and is only going to get better. Every game he’s played he’s been Man of the Match. You look around the park and just think he’s going to get MOM no matter what.” [via Daily Record]
When Frimpong came to Celtic earlier this year, he had not made a single competitive first-team appearance, but he has seized his opportunity at Parkhead when given to him by manger Neil Lennon.
His senior debut came against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup in September, with his first league appearance against Ross County following nearly a month later. [via TransferMarkt]
He has held down his place in the team, too, starting six of the Hoops’ last eight league games prior to tonight’s clash against Hearts and also starting in the Betfred Cup final recently [via TransferMarkt]. Frimpong, who only turned 19 last week, has contributed to plenty of goals from the right flank, scoring twice and providing three assists in just 13 games so far for Celtic (0.15 goals and 0.23 assists per game).
He made 33 appearances in that 2015/16 campaign, scoring once and supplying eight assists (0.03 goals and 0.24 assists per game). Frimpong has already surpassed Tierney’s goal tally for that season and is producing a broadly similar assists average.
Having been at Celtic since 2007, Brown is well positioned to pass a reliable judgement on players at the club, and his effusive praise of Frimpong is quite an endorsement of the teenager.
The comparisons with Tierney aren’t totally unfounded, given their respective first seasons at Parkhead, and if Frimpong can establish himself in the team long-term as the Scotland defender did, he could end up being worth even more than Tierney’s transfer fee of £25m in a couple of years’ time.
Celtic fans, just how impressed have you been by Frimpong so far at the club? Is Brown’s comparison of him and Tierney a fair one? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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