Celtic talent Liel Abada named in top 100 list of world football youngsters

By David Walton

August 24, 2021

New Celtic winger Liel Abada has been named in a top 100 list of world footballing youngsters by respected football research group CIES Football Observatory.

Abada joined the Hoops in the summer in a deal worth £3.5m from Maccabi Petah Tikva [Scottish Sun]. He was one of Ange Postecoglou’s first signings and has been impressing with his direct displays on either flank.

Already this season, Abada has four goals and two assists for Celtic in only seven appearances. That equates to just under one direct goal contribution per game.

And it appears his stock is growing rapidly. The CIES Football Observatory have this week provided their list of the top 100 under-20 players in world football. The list is based on who has the most experience in senior football over the course of the year. The strength of the employer and competitions played is also taken into account.

As things stand, Abada ranks in at 59 out of the 100, meaning he sits just below the top half. The likes of Mason Greenwood of Manchester United and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund are also there in the top 10.

Abada ranks in the top 10 when it comes to minutes played in total. He’s clocked 2382 minutes over the course of 31 matches so far this year. That’s only 88 minutes behind Arsenal’s Bakayo Saka and ahead of the two superstars named above.

Celtic winger Liel Abada already a hot prospect

It’s so easy to forget that Abada is only 19 years of age. Even at such a tender age for a footballer, he plays with such maturity on his shoulders.

Celtic fans have been taken aback with the player’s speed and technique on the ball. Not to mention his eye for goal which has been on show throughout his time in Scotland already.

Normally, talents from the likes of Israel need a bedding-in period after joining. A period of time to get used to the Scottish game and figure out how best to adapt their game to be a success.

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Abada joins Kyogo Furuhashi in not needing that particular helping hand. He’s been on it ever since his first competitive game against Midtjylland in which he netted.

It’s no surprise to see him listed as one of the hottest young prospects in football today. He certainly has the skill to deserve a place in those rankings.

Here’s hoping the Israeli goes from strength to strength in the coming months.

In other news, Confirmed: Celtic goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods leaves Scotland role