Sometimes when a player arrives at the club we expect the unexpected I guess. Till a month ago the only Summer signing that had any real value was Van Dijk but out came Nir Biton. During the 2-1 loss to Aberdeen at home I questioned the midfield and said “Biton should be in a midfield 3 today” and I think we all seen it that day as Flood and Robson owned our midfield for long spells, Biton for me is the best centre midfielder we have at the club
Like many signings it can take them a while to get going, with Balde, Pukki and Boerrigter not yet showing up or not getting game time Biton has came from nowhere to I think deserve to be the 1st name down in the Centre of the park. Kayal is coming back and I think them two in a midfield with cover would do well. I watched Biton closely and he is very calm on the ball and can pick a pass and dangerous passes for the opposition at that.
Leigh Griffiths came in and settled right away but he knows the game up here and got 29 goals in a poor Hibs side last season, one can only imagine how many he can get here and how much we can improve him, also better players around him
Biton I think is slightly better than Joe Ledley as a player but perhaps Ledley has more goals in him. Biton you can tell is not fazed by a big game. His start here was not the best with an injury and a sending off in the Champions league. He was just trying too hard to attract his Managers attention and Lenny will know this. Work rate and a player who tries are 2 things Lenny demanded from his team mates when he was a player himself like Chris Sutton. Click to open article Sorry in advance! Lenny DEMANDED better when he played
Van Dijk and Biton are showing signs of being 2 very, very good replacements for Wilson and Ledley, Biton is only 23 years old and has to hit peak as a player and I believe he can do it with Celtic. Since our defeat to Aberdeen in the cup Biton has played and I hope Lenny can find a place for a player who will run with a shadow all day, win headers and is looking more like a creative player each time I see him. Does he have goals in him? Maybe, but we have others to score and Biton can sit right in front of Van Dijk/Ambrose and help them because that is what he is doing just now.
I think Lenny’s signings will come good. No manager, not ever Sir Alex got it spot on in the player market after all. Pukki for me it’s a confidence thing, Balde I think we will see him play more if we win our next 3 games to win the league. Both are kids really and they need time.
Things are good just now for Celtic on and off the park, the bench last game proved that and we have Tony Watt on loan and Lustig out injured, I am probably missing others. The future is where we need to look as fans and with the league done we can see what Balde and others can do now as I think Lenny will rest players 2 or 3 at a time per game.
Biton, what a player this kid could be