Diego Laxalt has only played 161 minutes of football for Celtic. He has not yet completed the two games he has started for the Hoops, against Rangers or Milan.
Despite that, and the fact that Celtic lost both of those games, Laxalt has been impressive for the Hoops in his brief career since joining the club from Milan on loan. Indeed, it could be argued that he has been Celtic’s best player in both of those fixtures.
Most total tackles in team
If we take the Milan game first, WhoScored.com shows just how impressive Laxalt was in defence. Defensively, he had six total tackles – the most in the team – and four interceptions – joint second most behind Kris Ajer.
Offensively he performed fairly well too, with six dribbles and one key pass. He also had Celtic’s second most touches in the game with 82 – one behind Callum McGregor with 83. That shows that Celtic were keen to use him as an attacking threat. As he performed so well it is understandable.
If we look at his Celtic debut against Rangers, which must have been a bit of a culture shock for the player, WhoScored.com shows that he still managed to contribute defensively with two total tackles and one interception.
Can’t be left out of big fixture
Laxalt is probably feeling the effects of playing in two games so soon in succession after not playing a game for once. However, he can’t be left out of the team that will take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday. He has already shown in just 161 minutes of football that he could be a more than useful addition to the Celtic squad this season.
It is still early days in Laxalt’s Celtic career. However, he is so far proving to be one of the better players in recent weeks. It could even be said that he is performing better than Greg Taylor did when he was left-back.
Laxalt faces another test at Pittodrie this Sunday, but judging by how well he has played so far expect him to be one of Celtic best players on the pitch.