Giorgos Giakoumakis talks up Kyogo Celtic partnership that would terrify Scottish defences
Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has stated that a partnership at Parkhead with Kyogo Furuhashi “could work” should Ange decide to utilise it next season.
Both Giakoumakis and Kyogo made tremendous impacts this term as they smashed home 37 goals between them in a title-winning campaign. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that this was done in debut campaigns for the pair too.
However, for the most part, it’s been a case of either/or this season as Ange has stuck to a one up top system. At varying stages of the season, one man has been firing whilst the other sat out injured.
And as we already look ahead to our prospects next season, Giakoumakis believes a strike pairing between himself and Kyogo could cause havoc if given the chance.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, he said: “We haven’t played a lot together this year for different reasons but it would be really nice and it could work.
‘We are so different in our styles of playing. He’s a little guy with great movement, doing a lot of running down the sides. Perhaps we could have a good partnership.
“I think it works so well for the team because we are all so different.”
Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo Furuhashi partnership a potential weapon for Celtic
There hasn’t been one game this season where Ange started with an out and out 2 up top partnership between his most clinical strikers. However, whether this was simply down to injury problems is up for debate.
Chances are that most of next season will be the same again when it comes to sticking to a one-striker system. This is what’s allowed Ange to be successful and it’s a system that has seen domestic dominance return to Celtic Park.
But there’s no denying this is a potentially valuable weapon in Celtic’s arsenal. The kind of partnership that would absolutely terrify Scottish football defences. It’s also something that would excite a Celtic support that has fallen in love with both men this season.
The problem with playing with it is that it totally changes the midfield. Ange will want any centre-forwards on the pitch to have constant service from the wide areas. Therefore, players such as David Turnbull, Reo Hatate, and Matt O’Riley would regularly have to drop out if Ange was to change.
Looking ahead to next season, it’s probably safer to assume that this would only be used in desperate situations. Games in which Celtic are struggling to find the net and desperately need a goal. It would certainly be fascinating to see the chemistry between the pair.
Both are completely different types of strikers. How they would mix on the same pitch is a question Celtic fans would love to find out the answer to. Whether it’s actually in Ange’s thinking, however? Time will tell.