It’s been some season for Kyogo after arriving at Celtic from Japanese side Vissel Kobe in the summer. The Japanese international has become a firm fan favourite, lifted the League Cup and the Scottish Premiership and has grabbed 20 goals in his debut season. That figure is all the more remarkable when you consider Furuhashi spent half the season out injured.
Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that despite Kyogo despite advising he felt ‘fulfilled’ last season, the striker still believes Celtic fans are yet to see the best of him, as he outlined speaking to Japanese publication Soccer King.
“It’s been a fun year. It seemed like a long time, and it ended in a blink of an eye, so it was very fulfilling, but I think there are still many challenges. I realised that I still have to grow. As I played the game, I felt that my strengths were being applied.
“The reason I scored goals is because many players are connecting to the front of the goal. It’s a strike-through and a sense of smell to the goal. I think that is my strength, so I would like to express that.
“I’m just getting a pass and scoring a goal in a position where I can decide, so I’m grateful for the support of those around me.”
Kyogo will have all the challenges he needs as he looks to kick on in a Celtic shirt next season. The Hoops will be looking to defend their league title as well as having the opportunity to enter the Champions League at the group stages guaranteeing a minimum of six games against Europe’s elite clubs.
And one look to a front-line that could well consist of Daizen Maeda on the left, Kyogo through the middle and Jota -should he sign a permanent contract – on the right, then Celtic will have a frontline easily able to compete against the top sides, with a mix of boundless pressing energy from Maeda, an eye for goal in Kyogo and the ball carrying and trickery of Jota to open tough defences. And if that’s enough to worry Champions League sides just imagine how Scottish defences will feel about facing those three.
It’s interesting to hear Kyogo talk so openly about his own abilities and ambitions, but the fact he recognises his teammates roles also shows he have a top professional as well as a superb striker at the club.
And give him a season without the injury concerns he suffered from last season and the improvement he feels is still to come, then the next 12 months for both Kyogo and Celtic could be an incredible watch.
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