Celtic failed to land any permanent signings during the January transfer window and in the process, lost key player Jeremie Frimpong. Olivier Ntcham also left the club, but will return following his loan spell with Marseille.
The Hoops did, however, scoop Jonjoe Kenny from Everton. The right-back joins the Glasgow outfit until the end of the season but there’s no option for permanently signing the £6.3million-rated Premier League gem.
Indeed, Celtic’s time with Kenny is numbered and they must utilise his services whilst they still have him. So far, this hasn’t been the case. As one of the new breeds of full-backs who love to join the attack, the Merseyside-born defender enjoys getting forward and pinging crosses into the box.
In his first two matches for Celtic, Kenny attempted a total of 13 crosses as he tried to set up an attack from out wide. However, since then, he has taken his foot off the gas when it comes to his forward contributions. His following three matches saw him try just the one cross, which came against Aberdeen last time out, according to Sofascore.
He did bag himself an assist against St Mirren, but it wasn’t a cross that set up Tom Rogic’s opening goal.
Kenny’s decision to drop back from his attacking contributions has raised a few eyebrows. Frank McAvennie recently raised this issue and said it was “strange” that the Everton loanee had reigned in his usual eagerness to get forward and get a cross into the box.
“We brought in Jonjoe Kenny and in the first couple of games he was whipping the ball across the box but that has stopped now. I was thinking, ‘Why has that stopped? What has happened to him?’. Maybe he is fed up because nobody is there,” the ex-striker told Football Insider. “He might be thinking, ‘What’s the point?’ Everyone wants the ball into feet.”
When you have a player like Kenny who is looking to change up the dynamic and catch the opposition off guard, you must utilise his influence. The Hoops are losing too much of his offensive quality by shackling him over these past couple of games.
It’s up to Lennon to tweak his tactics immediately and bring the best out of Kenny once more.
In other news, Celtic got lucky by missing out on signing Ben Davies…