Daizen Maeda's class appraisal of Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou
Daizen Maeda has provided a top-class appraisal of Ange Postecoglou and his footballing style as he gets to grips with life at Celtic.
Maeda has arrived along with Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi from the J-League. The exciting triple-deal has only increased fans’ excitement levels ahead of Monday night’s return to action against Hibernian.
Of course, unlike Hatate and Ideguchi, Maeda has already played under his new boss. The duo were together with Yokohama Marinos stretching back to 2020 when Ange brought him back to his homeland.
And as he prepares to get cracking under the same figure at Parkhead, Maeda has bigged up the influence of Ange’s style.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Daizen said: “When I played for him the style of football was aggressive and intense. We all enjoyed playing that way. It’s one of the reasons why moving to Celtic was such an easy decision as I know the manager’s style well.
“Coming here to Celtic, I’ve seen already the videos of how we are going to play. The training sessions are pretty similar to the ones at Marinos and how we play will be close to that too. The manager has got the best out of me in the past. I hope he will do so again.”
Ange Postecoglou will know exactly what he wants from new Celtic man Maeda
Having that previous connection between Postecoglou and Maeda will hopefully stand us in extremely good stead moving forward here. It should mean that Ange knows exactly what he has planned for the player immediately.
Given they’ve worked together for the best part of almost 2 years, Ange will know Daizen’s strengths more than anyone else at the football club.
What will be interesting is how often he plays on the left flank as well as the centre-forward position. It’s still unclear as to whether Maeda has been signed as a striker or a winger. Hopefully Ange will make that clear soon, but the importance of the player’s versatility cannot be undermined.
However it’s also important that Maeda has a strong understanding of Postecoglou’s demands both in training and on the pitch. That should make his adaption into Scottish football a lot easier. He knows what he’s stepping into when it comes to the intensity and content of the training sessions.
It’s difficult to describe the excitement that’s been radiating on the back of this triple signing. Hatate and Ideguchi are also accomplished stars in their own right, with the deal adding tremendous depth to the Hoops.
Fingers crossed we see the best of them immediately. Our title charge could certainly do with that.