In numbers: How the new Three Amigos have thrived under Celtic boss Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

November 9, 2021

Under Ange Postecoglou, Celtic have got Abada, he’s on the wing, we’ve got Kyogo, doing his thing, and unfortunately, Jota arrived too late for that particular chant.

All three, though, are doing excellently. We live in interesting times; the more things change, the more they stay the same. It feels as if – whisper it – we’re in a Three Amigos era at Celtic again.

The original trio of Cadete, van Hooijdonk and Di Canio were all frighteningly gifted technical players. Alas, we only saw them fleetingly, all leaving for pastures new. And the less said about Di Canio’s politics, the better.

Jota, Abada and Kyogo feel similarly exotic, though. And they’re playing under a manager who, like Tommy Burns, is a proponent of attacking, entertaining football.

But how exactly have the Postecoglou edition of the Three Amigos done so far for Celtic this season?

Let’s go with Liel Abada first, since he arrived first out of the three. The Israeli international has 7 goals and 5 assists in 1507 minutes of football. That makes him good for a goal involvement every 126 minutes.

Ange shows his class again as Lennoxtown prepares for a busy fortnight

Ange shows his class again as Lennoxtown prepares for a busy fortnight
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Kyogo Furuhashi, the headline-grabber of this forward triumvirate? He’s doing even better. In 1260 minutes, he’s scored a phenomenal 13 goals, laying on 3 more for his teammates. Before you get your calculator out that’s a goal involvement every 79 minutes. When he plays, Celtic score goals.

As for Jota? The former Wham! frontman is averaging a goal involvement every 101 minutes, with 6 goals and 6 assists from 1219 minutes of football in total.

All stats via Transfermarkt.

In numbers: how Celtic’s front three are getting on

Incredible stuff from 3 on-fire Celtic players, being unleashed by Postecoglou

You want more? Well, how about how often each player has assisted each other?

Of Abada’s 5 assists, 3 have been for Kyogo. When Kyogo’s been setting up his 3 assists, 1 was for Abada.

As for that Jota-Kyogo connection? It’s not just hype. Of Jota’s 6 assists 3 for Kyogo, 1 for Abada. If it felt like this particular combination was working well together, the numbers prove it.

And it’s not just in the stats themselves. It’s in the way they move the ball to each other, the almost telepathic understanding between the wingers and Kyogo, and the style with which they play.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Bear in mind, of course, that James Forrest is nearing 100 goals and 100 assists for Celtic. Mikey Johnston is an excellent option off the bench, and so is Giorgos Giakouamakis, the top scorer in Holland last season.

Admit it; our prospects up front looked worrying in the summer. Ange Postecoglou inherited some real issues when he came to Celtic, particularly up front.

Now, he’s built a new Three Amigos. Arriba!

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