This morning, Celtic announced that the club have completed the signing of Japanese forward Kyogo Furuhashi from J1 League outfit Vissel Kobe, subject to international clearance.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 16, 2021
It comes as no surprise to see the Hoops delve into the Japanese market given Ange Postecoglou’s recent experience of working in the country. However, few Celtic supporters will be familiar with Furuhashi or his abilities as an attacking player.
Fortunately, there is a wealth of footage available, which at first glance shows him to have a great knack of producing one touch finishes. What’s even more impressive is the variety of his goals. Indeed, he appears to enjoy chipping the goalkeeper but is equally comfortable slotting the ball to either side. With those types of predatory instincts, Furuhashi has the goalscoring style that is easily adaptable to all levels of the game.
See for yourself in the clip below:
Furuhashi has been capped six times for Japan and has scored three goals for the national team. His most recent domestic season has seen him bag 14 goals in 20 games and he has enjoyed a great relationship with the legendary Andres Iniesta, who was his teammate in the J1 League.
At 26 years of age, he should be coming into his prime now and is a versatile option as a left winger, who can also play as a striker/centre forward.