Chris Sutton has explained that Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham can be frustrating at times, as he’s got so much quality to dictate a match on his day but can go from one extreme to the other.
The French midfielder is a technically gifted star that can provide some extra flair in the centre of the park and is efficient on the ball, but there are other times when he can become isolated and go missing in fixtures.
Sutton is frustrated that the 24-year-old can’t find any real consistency in his game, plus he feels Bhoys manager Neil Lennon has a big problem to solve with him.
Ntcham has only been used as a substitute in the opening three fixtures of the 2020/21 season so far and doesn’t appear to be in the starting XI.
Sutton claims the challenge is to either try fit the £4.5million signing (BBC) into the team, or find a way to keep him satisfied even if he’s not a guaranteed starter.
“Olivier Ntcham is a key player for Celtic. Losing him would be a massive mistake. But I’d imagine the French midfielder really needs to get proper game time to feel valued and wanted,” Sutton told the Daily Record.
“And it’s going to take real skills and be a real test of Neil Lennon’s management to keep Ntcham happy if the player feels he might be second fiddle if everyone is fit.
“Ntcham is the type who can frustrate because he’s brilliant at times and lacklustre in other games where you know he has the ability to dominate.”
Ntcham has the quality to be a big-game player and has shown it in the past, which is why some find it difficult that he still struggles to force his way into the XI regularly.
The box-to-box midfielder currently finds himself unable to break a combination of Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, but time is on his side and the club should hope he’s patient enough to seize his opportunity.