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Exceptional insight and maturity- Fjortoft gives the inside view on Odin Thiago Holm

Jan Aage Fjortoft has provided a brief insight into what Celtic fans can expect from Odin Thiago Holm.

The midfielder became Brendan Rodgers first signing when a £2.3m deal was completed with Valerenga just three days after the Irishman took charge of Celtic.

Holm met up with Rodgers in Mallorca during the June international break and will make the move to Celtic after just 68 games in the Norwegian Eliteserien.

With Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate virtually certain starters there was a lot of competition for places in last season’s midfield with Matt O’Riley and Aaron Mooy ahead of Tomoki Iwata and David Turnbull for minutes on the pitch.

It will be interesting to see how Celtic develop Holm but for a fee of £2.3m he won’t be falling into the project category of Luca Connell, Liam Shaw or Liam Burt.


Odin Thiago Holm (@CelticFC)

I talked to the people knowing him best. This is what they said: Despite his young age (20), he demonstrates exceptional insight and maturity in the game. He possesses a remarkable level of skill with various types of play. He thrives in a deep role, but he has also shown progress as a one-on-one offensive player and has become increasingly adept at bypassing opponents with his improved passing abilities.

Areas for his development include improving his agility and speed on the field, as well as enhancing his ability to win the ball in tight matches. While he relies heavily on his ability to read plays and anticipate ball movement, he could benefit from strengthening his physical presence in close encounters.

Moreover, he is a pleasant individual who may come across as slightly sarcastic when interacting with others. However, he is genuinely calm and intelligent.

Fjortoft spent five years in the EPL with Swindon, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, these days he is the biggest football pundit in Norway with over 340,000 followers on Twitter.

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