Yokohama Marinos boss discusses reported Celtic target Daizen Maeda after perfect hat-trick

By David Walton

November 7, 2021

Yokohama Marinos manager Kevin Muscat has admitted that he hopes the perfect hat-trick bagged by Daizen Maeda isn’t shown in Europe amid links with Celtic.

The Japanese international netted goals with his left-foot, right-foot, and his head as Yokohama swept aside Tokyo in an 8-0 rout over the weekend. The Marinos still have 3 games remaining this season as they look to try and hold onto second place after Kawasaki Frontale won the league last week.

Maeda, meanwhile, could be looking at pastures new come January. The Times reported several weeks ago that Ange Postecoglou was looking to secure a reunion with his former striker. This comes after a stunning breakout campaign in which Maeda has netted 21 goals in all competitions [Transfermarkt].

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And as he reacted to his centre-forward’s hat-trick over the weekend, Muscat stated that he hoped images of his performance don’t reach European shores.

As quoted by Japanese outlet Nikkan Sports, Muscat said: “As well as the quick breaks in the center, the support of other players also showed great things. He expressed his attitude toward the game not only with him but with the whole team.

“He showed me his best play. I put him in the 1 up top position because I thought that he was a player who could break through the center by slipping in behind and could hurt the opponent. It’s not just his power. He showed me a lively performance. I hope his great performance today will not be broadcast in Europe.”

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Word of Daizen Maeda exploits have certainly reached Scotland as Celtic fans await potential move

No luck for Muscat then. Almost as soon as the 3rd goal of Maeda’s went in yesterday, word had already reached Scotland of his hat-trick. It only goes to increase the excitement levels surrounding a potential January move for the centre-forward.

The player’s contract with Yokohama expires in 2024. Therefore, Marinos will be in a strong position to command a meaty fee for their top talent. Especially given the success of Kyogo Furuhashi after his move from Vissel Kobe in the summer.

It’s difficult to see why Celtic wouldn’t make a move here. We only really have one reliable option up top in Kyogo at the moment. Giorgos Giakoumakis has still to prove himself whilst we know Albian Ajeti isn’t good enough.

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If there is scope there to bolster the forward line in January then we would be silly not to do so. Getting Ajeti off the wage bill will also surely help our chances in bringing in an extra body.

Maeda isn’t making it easy to ignore his form. He’s continuing to blow things up in the J-League, and at 24, he would be the kind of player ready to come in and make an immediate impact.

All eyes on Postecoglou then as the January transfer window gets nearer and nearer.

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