Moussa Dembele was the first young player the manager got the club to part money with. Since then he has recruited Eboue Kouassi, Kundai Benyu and Olivier Ntcham.
And it is the latter of the three that this blog is about. Despite being only 21-years-old, the French midfielder is bursting with talent.
On the ball he looks as though he’s been playing the game for years. The way Ntcham threads the passes must be enviable to some players already in the squad.
I recall in Ronny Deila’s last season that Scott Brown could barely complete a pass. Whilst some of that may have been down to injury, confidence or the general mood of the team at the time, Ntcham looks extremely comfortable on the ball.
There’s no doubt that his two season loan spell at Genoa has allowed him to gain the experience that Manchester City did not. However, you must have the skills to do the job as well.
So far Ntcham is making it extremely difficult for Brendan Rodgers leave him out. On his recent displyas the only thing that will allow others to get a game is the rotation of the midfield.
Scott Brown will play week-in week-out as club captain and on his own personal form and influence you would not argue either. With players such as Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi and Stuart Armstrong also vying for a starting slot, the midfield is pretty strong.
For Olivier Ntcham to come in, get his name in starting lineups and make such an impact makes him a key player. I look forward to seeing what this kid can do because so far it has been encouraging to watch.