There is no doubt about who was one of Celtic’s best performers against Lille on Thursday night – Diego Laxalt. The on-loan Milan defender was excellent for Celtic once more. He has been in very good form since he joined the club at the start of the month.
Laxalt’s defending in the 2-2 draw was excellent. This was shown by the fact that he made 13 tackles in the game. As reported by 67HH, that is the most tackles that a player has made in a Europa League game since the start of 2015/16.
Superb pass accuracy percentage highlighted
He was also hailed by the Football on BT Sport Twitter account. That not only mentioned his incredible tackling statistic, but also his 88.5% pass accuracy.
13 tackles. 77 touches. 88.5% pass accuracy.
Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt was on a tear in Lille! 💪
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 30, 2020
Despite what has to go down as one of Celtic’s best individual performances in a European tie for a long time, Laxalt was ridiculously snubbed for UEFA’s Europa League team of the week. Mo Elyounoussi made the team after his two goals against Lille, but despite his 13 tackles, Laxalt was left out.
🔥 Team of the Week 🔥
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) October 30, 2020
Thankfully the people that really matter – Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon and the fans – rate Laxalt highly. Indeed, it is a long time since a Celtic signing has played so well despite not featuring in a winning team yet. Yes, Laxalt has played four games, and Celtic have yet to win one of them.
How good will player be when Hoops go on winning run?
However, the positive thing is that even though Celtic haven’t always played well, Laxalt has. Just imagine how good he will be when the Hoops go on a winning run of games!
Laxalt’s next game for the Hoops will be the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen on Sunday. It would not be a shock to see him turn in another excellent performance in what has been a great start to his Celtic career.
If he keeps up these performances fans will be pleading with Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond to get a permanent deal agreed with Milan. That is for the future. For now though, Laxalt will be taking it one game at a time.