Reported Tottenham target Harry Souttar comments on Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi

By David Walton

October 11, 2021

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Harry Souttar has commented on Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi in the run-up to their international meeting on Tuesday.

Australia will take on Japan in what’s looking like a cracker tomorrow. The Aussies are going for a 12th consecutive victory, but have never won on Japanese soil.

If they’re to do that, they’re going to have to keep Kyogo quiet in what will be a tough task. That’s likely a job that will rest on Souttar’s shoulders when he comes up against the former Vissel Kobe man directly.

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And Souttar commented on the quality of the Celtic man in the build-up to the game as he revealed he keeps his eye on Scottish football.

As quoted by the Brisbane Times, Souttar said: “I do watch the league as much as I can and keep up with results. [Kyogo] has had a good start. He’s a different type of striker to someone I’d normally face in the Championship, but we know he’s a good player – they’ve got good players all over the park, and so will we. Hopefully it’ll make a great spectacle.

“We’ve got 11 wins and obviously it’s a record but we want to go for 12. We’re not happy with 11, we’re always looking for the next one. And one of the big key messages in this campaign stage has been take it game by game. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve done so well.”

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Tottenham linked Harry Souttar has his work cut out for him vs Kyogo Furuhashi

Souttar will be up against tomorrow in Japan. Kyogo has brought some real intelligence to Scottish football this season. Underestimating him would be the biggest mistake the Stoke City man could do.

Tom Rogic will undoubtedly be filling him in as much as possible when it comes to how you stop Furuhashi. But the fact is that there’s no set way to mark him out of a game. He’ll always find space, and he’ll demand you track every single run he makes.

Souttar, of course, is highly-regarded in the English Championship. He’s been linked with potential moves to the likes of Everton and Tottenham in recent weeks [Stoke Sentinel].

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It’ll also be interesting on the flip side to see how Kyogo copes against a talent like that. We’ve seen him terrorise Scottish football defenders whilst he also gave Bayer Leverkusen a hard time in Europe.

Souttar, however, will be up against Kyogo tomorrow and will do so as one of the burgeoning young talents in England’s second division. It’s a step-up from what Kyogo is normally up against in Scotland.

Just another layer of intrigue to add to what’s looking like a tasty fixture on paper. So long as Kyogo and Rogic are fully fit come full-time of course, that’s all Ange Postecoglou will be hoping for.

In other news, Conor Hazard’s 2021 Celtic contract extension is already making no sense