‘Watch a different sport!’ – Devlin baffled by what he ‘saw online’ about Celtic striker

Celtic journalist Kieran Devlin has expressed surprise that January signing Daizen Maeda has started his Parkhead career “badly”.



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The truth

The Hoops signed Japanese striker F Marinos from Yokohama on an initial loan last month, and in summerthe move will be made permanent for a fee of £1.38m.

The 24-year-old made nine appearances so far for the club, starting four Premiership games and both Europa Conference League play-off ties against Bodo/Glimt.

Maeda has scored four goals for the Hoops so far, including one in its infancy against Hibernian.

The last

At AthleticismDuring the match day forum, a supporter said their issue with Maeda was his ‘unfortunate’ first touch, arguing the 24-year-old produced a ‘particularly poor’ performance against Dundee last Sunday.

Devlin mounted a strong Maeda defense in response, suggesting his “remarkable” work off the ball was underrated.

The reporter replied, “Opinion games and all that, but I think we need to watch another sport!” I thought he was decent on Sunday with a franchise that Celtic wingers have been sorely lacking in previous games, especially how well he created the second goal.

“His control isn’t great, but neither are Giakoumakis or Abada, really, but they like that Maeda has other good qualities. His linking play has been quite good while off the ball he is exceptional, both in his pressing and in his movement to create chances for himself and his teammates.

“I can’t understand the theory I’ve seen online that he got his Celtic career off to a bad start – but like I said, what makes these discussions interesting is how we all think differently. to football and Celtic!”

The verdict

Maeda’s goal return for Celtic so far is solid, but what do the other performance figures say?

He missed three big chances, namely situations where he should have been reasonably expected to score (via SofaScore). He also didn’t offer much from a creative standpoint, providing just 0.2 key passes per 90 minutes, and he only won 39% of his duels.

As for his control, he averages two unsuccessful first touches every 90 minutes (via Who scored).

There is room for improvement, but perhaps he almost suffers from the form of other J1 League arrivals Kyōgo Furuhashi and Reo Hatateboth of whom impressed so much in their first few moves at Celtic that they are already being touted as future Premier League players.

More patience may be needed with Maeda.

In other news, read this injury expert’s latest statement on Christopher Jullien

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