Celtic supporters got to see a glimpse of new German centre back Moritz Jenz in the 2-0 win against Norwich this afternoon as the player came on on the 59 minute mark as manager Ange Postecoglou made a bundle of second half substitutions.
Jenz looked very comfortable, particularly with the ball at his feet, and you can see why Ange wanted to bring him into the club last summer.
He is a crisp, clean passer of the ball and when he received it he likes to take a touch and then instantly look for a pass forward.
He wasn’t challenged too much defensively, but he did show his strength in one or two occasions and also made a brilliant sliding block not long after he came on, which no doubt helped calm any nerves he may have had.
To me, he looks like a player that could go straight in against Aberdeen next Sunday, similar to when Cameron Carter-Vickers first joined the club on transfer deadline day last summer.
Unlike Mooy for example, who clearly needs to get a good amount of training into him and time with the ball before starting games, Jenz looks like he could slot right in.
He seems to remind people of Jullien when he was at his peak for Celtic, and I do agree that he looks similar in his build and his style of play, but hopefully Jenz is more physically imposing in the tackle than Jullien is or was when he was a consistent starter for Celtic before his long term injury.
Take a look at Jenz’s highlights from today’s game in the video below.