Daizen Maeda explains how he reaches his insane Celtic energy levels

By David Walton

April 13, 2022

Daizen Maeda has stated that the support of the Celtic fanbase is what motivates him to reach his incredible energy levels.

Maeda has been a revelation since joining in January from Yokohama Marinos. Despite the fact Celtic fans knew they were getting an attacker with pace, it wasn’t quite well known just how huge his energy tank actually was.

Since then, the Japanese international is making a reputation for himself for never stopping. He sums up Ange Postecoglou’s philosophy brilliantly as he produces high-intensity levels for the full 90 minutes. And in today’s Celtic Twitter Q&A, Maeda credited the fans for helping him go non-stop all game:

This was again highlighted on Saturday against St Johnstone as he ran half the pitch to stop a counter-attack despite being into the final minutes and with the scoreline at 7-0. It’s not the first time he’s shown that level of eagerness either.

Maeda has also been getting his rewards in front of goal too. The former Yokohama man has netted 7 goals in his 16 Celtic appearances so far [Transfermarkt].

But it’s his reputation for being a constant menace with his pressing that has caught the eyes of Celtic supporters more than anything.

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Top stuff from Daizen. It says a lot about him to credit the Celtic supporters when there’s clearly more to it than just being cheered on by the fans.

It’s almost supernatural what the forward can do in a 90-minute period. His goal return has been decent, but it’s not the reason he’s one of the Celtic supporters’ favourite players at the moment.

He may not have been steeped in Celtic history growing up, but Maeda plays like a supporter who’s been given a chance to play for his club. He puts himself before the cause as he refuses to shirk his pressing duties at any stage in the game.

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That’s going to be imperative this Sunday at Hampden once again. Maeda will be the man tasked with putting the Rangers defence under pressure and creating chances for his teammates. He certainly showed what he could do in this fixture at Ibrox when he got in behind the Rangers backline on several occasions.

A goal in the Glasgow derby this weekend would only increase his stock further. But regardless, there’s nothing about Maeda’s game you can dislike. Constant improvement is always the narrative at Lennoxtown, but there’s not much we’d change about Daizen’s game, that’s for sure!

Here’s hoping he’s in for a big weekend with the rest of his teammates.

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