PSG's Neymar: U.S. starlet Timothy Weah can be one of Europe's top attackers
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has backed new Celtic signing Tim Weah to develop into "one of the top attacking players in Europe" after he joined the Scottish giants on loan earlier this month.
Weah, 18, joined Celtic on an initial six-month loan deal last week and extended his PSG contract until 2021 just before leaving Parc des Princes but the senior American international has struggled for minutes this season since Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's arrival as backup to Edinson Cavani.
Weah did shine during preseason, managing two goals from three competitive appearances for PSG at the start of this campaign, and Neymar has already seen enough to be convinced of the New York City native's potential.
"It is a very exciting move for Timothy," the Brazil international told Record Sport. "From what I have seen of his talent, he has everything to go and become one of the top attacking players in Europe.
"It is a good move for Timothy. Celtic too, as they are getting such a big talent, as well as PSG because Timothy has a chance to get experience and games before returning to us as a more complete player.
"Timothy did have options but he chose the right one. Celtic are a big club, they attack a lot and score a lot of goals in their league and also they are still in Europe, so they offer him plenty."
Neymar emphasised Weah's ability and character, but the former Barcelona man has been most impressed by his teammate's ability to handle the pressure that comes with being 1995 Ballon d'Or winner George Weah's son, and the Brazilian also sees a bit of himself in the American.
"Timothy has the talent, we already knew that, but also he also has a great attitude," said Neymar. "From the first day that I met him, he has wanted to learn from the players who have already won the major trophies -- the players here who have already achieved big things in the game."
"Timothy is a fun guy to be around but he is also very humble and that is what you want to see from a younger player. It is what a coach wants to see as it means they want to learn.
"Timothy's father was one of the greatest strikers ever but he does not feel the pressure of having the name -- I respect that. He just has confidence in his own ability and in his own game, which is how I was at his age."
Neymar is currently in Qatar with PSG for a lucrative midseason training camp loaded with commercial obligations and in an interview with beIN Sports while there. The €222 million reflected on his improving relationship with strike partner Edinson Cavani after a bumpy start to life together.
"We are getting along better with each match," the Brazilian said. "We are very happy. We know and understand each other better and better. Our aim is to make everybody happy with assists and goals. As well as winning games, being happy is the most important thing."
Once back from Qatar, Neymar and his PSG teammates will be back in domestic action against Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday and will be aiming to avoid a repeat of their 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal defeat in exactly the same fixture last week when a rare Neymar header was not enough for Thomas Tuchel's men.