21-goal striker linked with Celtic comments on Kyogo Furuhashi impact

By David Walton

November 8, 2021

Yokohama Marinos striker Daizen Maeda has commented on Kyogo Furuhashi’s Celtic form as he prepares to team up with the Hoops man with Japan.

Maeda is back in the Japanese national squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman respectively. Last month, the Yokohama forward was also linked with a January switch to Celtic Park [The Times].

The Yokohama star has only been called up to 1 international camp for his country, where he made 2 appearances. However, he could find himself competing alongside Kyogo in the coming days with Celtic fans hoping for a preview of what their strikeforce could look like come January.

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And Maeda has moved to comment on Kyogo’s form with Celtic too. As he reflected on his call-up, Maeda said the following as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“It’s been a long time coming for me to get back into the international squad. I’ve had to work very hard to get here. I played in the Olympics in the summer, but didn’t score so I am very determined to do well for the full squad.

“Of course, it will be a very tough fight for me to try and get into the team. Kyogo Furuhashi is doing extremely well and scoring goals in Scotland it would be nice to play with him. But the most important thing for us is to get six points from these two very difficult away games.”

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Celtic fans may not get a substantial view of Kyogo and Maeda

It has to be acknowledged that Celtic supporters may not get a substantial view of the pairing together. Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has often tended to go with a 1-striker system.

This means that both Maeda and Kyogo will likely be competing for the striker’s jersey as opposed to partnering each other.

Then again, Moriyasu has also in the past been criticised for misusing Kyogo and playing him wide on the left [Daily Record]. If he fails to listen to that criticism, that gives us a chance to see them on the pitch together.

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Preferably, however, we see Kyogo flying for his country and continuing the momentum he’s picking up in Scotland. If we could have him back from the winter period flying then that only spells danger for the rest of Scottish football.

Of course, at the same time, it would be nice to see Maeda in some form. After bagging 21 goals for Yokohama this term, it would be great to see his pace and power in action. He clearly has some exciting attributes, and how they transfer onto the international stage would be interesting to see.

Obviously the main thing is that Kyogo doesn’t pick up an injury. That’s all many Celtic supporters will be concerned about. But if we can get a glimpse of both together, it could be a sign of things to come in Scotland.

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