Once regarded as a very promising youngster, now has an uncertain future.
Olivier Ntcham hasn’t been able to live up to the billing at Genoa over the last year and a half.
“It’s my failure” head coach Juric said on the eve of the game against Torino before the winter break. “He hasn’t done well like Lazovic, I take responsibility for this. He has all the tools to do well.”
And Ntcham does. We wrote about him at length when he first came over from Manchester City in the summer of 2015. He grew up in the famous Le Havre youth academy and then was signed by Manchester City in 2013.
His two year loan to Genoa must be considered a tough reality – he failed to develop at a club that’s known for harvesting young talent.
It didn’t happen with Gasperini and it hasn’t happened with Juric. He could return to England six months ahead of schedule. Today, he was absent at Genoa’s training, fueling rumors he’s at the very end of his Italy adventure.
The now 20-year-old has made 28 appearances with Genoa in his Serie A stint. The majority of the minutes he played came from the first 5 or 6 games of each season, then he was replaced by others.