J1 League star Adio Onaiwu has read all about Celtic speculation

By David Walton

July 12, 2021

J1 League star and reported Celtic target Adio Onaiwu has admitted that he’s read the speculation linking him with a move.

The Scottish Sun reported last month that the Hoops could look to Onaiwu to strengthen their forward line after previously thriving under Ange Postecoglou with Yokohama F.Marinos.

Since then, Onaiwu has continued his fine form. He managed to bag a hat-trick on his international debut with Japan last month and also has 15 goals in 27 games this term [Transfermarkt].

And the player has admitted that he’s read all of the speculation, but has refused to commit to anywhere other than his current club.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Onaiwu said: “I’ve read about the speculation about my future, but my only thought at the moment is to try and catch Kawasaki Frontale in the league because they are nine points ahead of us.

“I think I’ve had a pretty good season and a lot of that is down to the chances created by my teammates. We are on a great run after winning six matches in a row and I think you can see that we have not let the loss of the manager cause us problems.

“I believe I have improved a lot even from last year and this season I am scoring chances that I may have missed last season. But to win the league I must keep scoring goals and that’s what I want to do here. The future will take care of itself.”

Adio Onaiwu to Celtic has gone quiet along with other J1 League talents

One of the more exciting aspects of appointing Postecoglou was his knowledge of the Australian and Japanese markets. Many like myself believed we were set to see some arrivals from across the globe to strengthen our depleted squad.

However, links to Japanese talents have dried up in recent weeks. There likely won’t be any in for the UEFA Champions League qualifier vs Midtjylland, and it’s highly debatable as to whether we’ll have brought anyone over from Japan for the Premiership opener vs Hearts.

Onaiwu, of course, isn’t the only J1 League talent we’ve been linked with either. The likes of Ao Tanaka and Kaoru Mitoma are two others who have been reported as potential signing candidates [Scottish Sun].

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Of course, there’s no point bringing players over from the J1 League just because they know Postecoglou or because it comes with the intrigue of potentially signing the next Shunsuke Nakamura. It could very easily turn out to be the next Koki Mizuno – they simply have to be the right fit for the football club.

But as of yet, the vast majority of players linked as part of Postecoglou’s recruitment drive are recognisable ones. Players we’ve tried to obtain in the past.

In truth, it doesn’t speak much for the freshness of the rebuild if many of the players are ones from previous recruitment searches. And a move for Onaiwu, or any Japan-based player, looks some way off just now.

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