Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels his current position in midfield suits him more than his role earlier in the season.
Johansen has been nudged further forward in the Celtic midfield, playing in behind the main striker having previously been used in a deeper position by manager Ronny Deila.
“I’ve moved a little bit. I started the season more as a deep-lying midfielder, but then I got the chance as a No.10,” said Johansen.
“I've worked on my role there. In that position you have to score goals. I didn't score as many goals earlier in my professional career. That's the things I've been working on.”
“I think it suits me better. It's always difficult to say something else when it goes well.”
Johansen being less effective in a deeper role shouldn’t be a massive surprise because it’s a position that mutes his best qualities.
He’s at his best when he can find the pockets of space in more advanced positions where he can pick up the ball and look for a pass or look for a way to get himself on the score sheet in a big game.
Eight goals and eight assists in the league this season is not a bad return so far and he should be aiming to get into double figures in both areas.
If he can replicate those numbers and improve on them next season, he’ll have a great chance of retaining his Player of the Year title, as well as building on his importance to the side and popularity with the supporters.