Kyogo Furuhashi has been an absolute revelation ever since arriving at Celtic. He was leading the scoring charts in Japan when he signed with the Hoops in the summer and he has shown no signs of stopping since then. It is arguable that he has been the best player in Scotland this season. If he has not, he is not far behind either. And Ange Postecoglou deserves a lot of credit for pulling off a transfer masterstroke.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Kyogo has scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists in 24 appearances for Celtic this season till now. Those are great numbers, especially for someone getting his first taste of European football.
Some opposition fans have made claims about Kyogo diving though. But the Japanese star has gotten backing from an unexpected source in the form of Barry Ferguson.
"“In terms of the diving, I don’t think he’ll be bothered one single bit. I think he’s enjoying the physical side of the game over here.“It looks to me like he’s happy, he’s enjoying the football. And in terms of referees it shouldn’t matter. You shouldn’t go into a game thinking, ‘am I going to be watching out for Kyogo diving’.“They shouldn’t be going into a game thinking like that. In terms of Kyogo, he’s been a shining light for the game here.”"
Kyogo has been an absolute superstar for Celtic this season
There is no question that Kyogo has been brilliant for Celtic till now and the last worry they will have now is surrounding opposition fans accusing the Japanese star of diving.
Their biggest worry surely will be the injury that Kyogo picked up in their recent Europa League game against Real Betis. It had looked like the Japanese star was going to get some much-needed rest on the night as he was named on the bench.
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But it was not to be as Albian Ajeti was forced off the pitch in the first-half itself. Postecoglou decided to bring on Kyogo as his replacement and it proved to be a huge mistake on the part of the manager.
Kyogo himself picked up what looked like a hamstring injury in the second half and was forced off the pitch. And thus, it is very possible that the Celtic star could end up missing some big games coming up, including the League Cup final against Hibernian a little over a week away.