This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Celtic like to look towards players in the Premier League who are not performing at their best, and then the Scottish side revitalise their career, Scott Sinclair is a great example of this. This has also seemed to work with Olivier Ntcham, a midfielder who they bought for £4.5 million in July 2017 from Manchester City, per Soccerbase.
The French midfielder only featured for the U23’s at the English side, but made his debut in June 2017 for France U21’s and since then he has gone on to make 18 appearances for the side, per Transfermarkt. He was immediately thrust into the first team set up at Celtic, and has since gone on to make 123 appearances in all competitions, scoring 23 goals and providing eleven assists.
He has been crucial in the middle of the pitch and has already won eight trophies at the club, including three league titles. He has had some fantastic moments in a Celtic shirt, like the stoppage time winner in the Europa League this season against Lazio. This goal went down as the side’s goal of the season this campaign.
He has recently been linked with moves away, with Southampton the most recent club interested. If you take into account the fact that he is still only 24 years-old and is currently a serial winner with experience on the biggest stage in Europe, then the Scottish side would easily be able to sell Ntcham for more than they bought him for. This, combined with his success for the club, highlights how he looks set to be a great profit player for the club.
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