Kyogo tells Japanese media what Ange Postecoglou has him doing at Celtic

By David Walton

November 12, 2021

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has explained to Japanese media why it’s all been going so well for him at Parkhead as he looks to take his form onto the international stage.

Kyogo has been a revelation since his summer move from Vissel Kobe. Already, the Japanese international has managed 13 goals in 18 games [Transfermarkt]. That’s not even including his 3 assists as he continues to rip Scottish and European defences to shreds.

At the moment, the summer signing is on international duty with Japan, where goals have been harder to come by. Kyogo has 3 goals in 10 games for his country, but none in his last 7.

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And after a big 1-0 win in Vietnam, the Celtic man has been telling the Japanese press why things are sparkling for him in Scotland.

As quoted by Yahoo, Kyogo said: “I’m currently playing as a forward for Celtic, so I’m closer to the goal. I feel comfortable there and I’m getting good results. I still miss some chances, but I think I am in a position where I can show my strength. I can play anywhere, but I think I’m more comfortable as a forward now because I’ve been playing at the top of the game for my club.

“[I need to] keep doing what I’m doing. I need to communicate more [with teammates]. Not only aiming for the goal, but also finding space between the defenders, pulling them out and hitting them.

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“We are gradually doing this at Celtic. I will try to do what I could not do before. The results are almost there. We need to play more with our opponents, try to get in behind when we can and create space.”

Kyogo Furuhashi message is clear – play him as a centre-forward

Kyogo couldn’t be any clearer in his point here. He feels that he operates at his peak when he’s playing through the middle. That won’t surprise Celtic fans as it’s obvious to anyone who watches where he’s at his strongest.

The Japanese star doesn’t necessarily have tremendous power. He’s not got electric pace either. What he has is sensational movement that always catches defenders out. He has a striker’s instinct and he’s shown that in Scotland. It’s why he even manages to be an aerial threat too.

This is a pertinent talking point when he features for Japan. His national team manager, Hajime Moriyasu, has regularly featured Kyogo out wide. In 3 of his last 5 for Japan, he’s been thrown out onto the left flank. That isn’t where he’s most comfortable.

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Granted, he did play up top in recent games against Australia and Vietnam respectively. But combined he only got a total of 44 minutes on the pitch. He’s yet to play a full 90 minutes for his country in his strongest position. It’s something Moriyasu has been criticised for in the past [Daily Record].

Kyogo’s attitude dictates that he’ll do whatever the club and his country ask of him. That’s just the kind of player he is. But the likes of Postecoglou and Moriyasu have a responsibility to get the best out of him. The Celtic boss is doing just that, but the same can’t be said for the latter.

Hopefully, he’s given a runout in his favoured position against Oman on Tuesday. He has both the mentality and the ability to be the difference-maker as the Blue Samurai look to book a spot at the World Cup.

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