Celtic legend Jackie McNamara has recently made a claim about Jeremie Frimpong and his best position on the pitch.
McNamara appeared as a guest on the latest video of the 67HailHail YouTube channel and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. They talked about the improvements that the club’s first-team needs and one player that they focused on Frimpong. McNamara believes that the young Dutchman hasn’t got great defensive qualities and he lacks a final pass too.
Frimpong had joined Celtic from Manchester City in the summer of 2019 for a fee of only £342k. Since arriving at Parkhead, the Dutchman has made 43 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys and he has also contributed to a total of ten goals already (as per Transfermarkt). Neil Lennon has previously described Frimpong to be an ‘outstanding talent’.
Is Frimpong a winger or a defender?
McNamara pointed out at certain flaws in Frimpong’s game but he backed him to improve in the future.
He said: “He’s not quite [got] the defensive qualities, which he’ll learn and he’ll get stronger defensively in his positioning. Going forward, his final ball isn’t quite there yet, [nor] his decision-making in the last third. So he’s not quite one or the other yet but he’s young, he’s got great enthusiasm. I like his desire to get forward and take people on. He’s not scared and he’s only going to get better.”
TIF Thoughts on McNamara’s comments about Frimpong…
Frimpong has been a regular for Celtic this season, having made 15 Premiership appearances and contributing to a couple of goals so far. In the league, he has picked up a rating of 6.80 in the current campaign (as per WhoScored).
He has made only one tackle per game and he has made only 0.4 interceptions per game. Having said that, the young Dutchman has played 1.1 key passes per game and has completed 1.2 dribbles per game (as per WhoScored).
Those aren’t big numbers for those stats and because of that, it is easy to understand why McNamara believes that Frimpong has to improve attacking-wise and while defending too.