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‘Absolutely shameful’ ‘No Hatate – no quick, brave, visionary passing’ ‘turgid, boring’ Why has it gone downhill for Kyogo?

At Hampden in February he was virtually unplayable in the final of the Viaplay Cup, yesterday against Motherwell Kyogo Furuhashi was unrecognisable, much like the Celtic team sheet.

The team that lifted the first trophy of last season’s Treble has almost disappeared in front of our eyes. Jota, Carl Starfelt and Aaron Mooy have left the club with Liel Abada, Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda. When you rest Alistair Johnston there isn’t much left, Mark Lawwell’s summer projects are way short of what is needed and wouldn’t have got near the bench for last season’s Treble Winners.

The spine might remain in Joe Hart, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyogo but too much of a burden is being placed on them to maintain the standards set in two breathtaking seasons under Ange Postecoglou.

Kyogo is still a brilliant, incisive, instinctive and clinical striker but it seems that the possession based game installed by Brendan Rodgers has left him neutered. His Champions League record this season is outstanding.

Against Lazio and Atletico Madrid he scored brilliant goals, his trademark strikes of using pace and his nose for where the goal is. Domestically he is looking a different player.

Playing Motherwell and in many other domestic matches he is virtually lost as the ball goes ponderously from side to side against a packed defence that knows exactly what to expect.

Starting with his goal at Ibrox in January Kyogo was on fire, too fast for Scottish defences to cope with and the focus for Angeball as low shots were drilled across goal from the touchline.

At Ibrox in September he scored a different type of goal, an instinctive opportunistic strike that was too well struck for Jack Butland. Just three more domestic goals have followed in the nine matches since, in the Champions League he has two goals in four matches.

Talents like that don’t come along very often, he is in a different planet to Vakoun Bayo, Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti, if Rodgers wants to develop his plans he really needs to start working to the strengths of his star striker.


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  • by Dando
    Posted November 26, 2023 12:27 pm 0Likes

    Games like yesterday (against the low block team’s) require more goals from set pieces… replace Taylor with Scales and bring in one of the tall centre half’s…


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