Neil Lennon has been speaking to PLZ Soccer this week, and has been giving his own personal take on the debate that has been rumbling on lately surrounding Kyogo Furuhashi being the best Celtic striker since the sensational Henrik Larsson. The Irishman player with Larsson for several years so knows first hand how good the Swede was and the levels he reached in his career.
Similarly, Lenny had the chance to coach and manage both Gary Hooper and Odsonne Edouard during his tenure as Celtic boss on two separate occasions. Both those men scored loads of goals for the club – and more importantly – important ones too, which included in the UEFA Champions. This is where Lennon believes Kyogo is lagging behind some of the others and can’t be considered the best since Henrik just yet.
On the debate, he said: “Yeah and you talk about (Gary) Hooper as well, he was a fantastic goalscorer. Edouard – look, everyone will have their own favourites. But the proof in the pudding is, can you do it at the top level? And that’s where Kyogo will be looking to make an impact. It sort of enhances your reputation and brings more admirers to the club to watch you.
“I think he’s a fantastic player. I really think he’s made such an impact since he’s come through the door and it looks like he’s getting better so I’m hoping that one, he stays fit and two, he makes an impact in the (Feyenoord) game tomorrow night because he’s so important to Celtic at the minute.”
When asked outright if the Japanese star was the best since the halcyon days of the King of Kings, he replied: “No, not for me, he’s still got a bit to do. And the other thing was there’s talk of him going to the Premier League. I’m not sure he’s ready to play on a regular basis in the Premier League at the top level, but I think he’s got the potential to do that. But I think he’s still got a bit to do to be talked in the same breath as the other ones.”
🗣 Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon gives his take on Kyogo v Larsson as fans debate if the Japanese striker is on the Swede’s level
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— PLZ Soccer (@PLZSoccer) September 18, 2023