The numbers show that Laxalt's impressive Celtic start shows no signs of slowing down

By John Reid

October 30, 2020

Diego Laxalt has had a very impressive start to his Celtic career. He has yet to feature on a winning side for the Hoops bizarrely enough, but he has performed very impressively in his time with the Hoops so far.

This good start continued against Lille in the Europa League. According to WhoScored.Com, the player contributed a remarkable 13 tackles to the game. He also contributed four interceptions and two clearances.

Highly impressive statistic

That tackling number is a truly stunning statistic. Indeed, it is so impressive that according to football statistics Twitter account SofaScore, Laxalt set a new record for tackles made in the Europa League. He became the first player since at least the start of 2015/16 to record 13 tackles in a Europa League game, the previous highest number was 11.

Laxalt deserves massive credit for the start to his Celtic career, and he already looks like one of the best signings Neil Lennon has made in his second spell as Hoops boss.

Credit also has to go to Nick Hammond, for pulling off the deal to bring the player to Celtic in the last days of the transfer window.

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Parent club will have been impressed with performances

The only problem with Laxalt’s great performances is that no doubt his parent club Milan will be keeping a close watch. They will have been impressed with how Laxalt performed in the recent game between the teams.

Diego Laxalt in action against Lille (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

However, the demand for Laxalt to be signed on a permanent deal by Celtic will grow by the week as he continues to perform so well.

It is far too early to work out if that will happen. However, there is no doubt that Laxalt has to already be considered as one of Celtic’s best performers of this season. He has already made the left-back position his own, and really that is all that you can ask of a new signing. Long may his excellent form continue.

In other news, Neil Lennon praised Scott Bain for his performance against Lille.

 


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