DAIZEN MAEDA has been the subject of incredible praise from Arthur Papas who worked with the 24-year-old while he was the assistant head coach at Yokohama F. Marinos. Papas was at the club when they sensationally won the league title.

Postecoglou saw the quality in the coach as he was appointed head coach before he left to lead a J3 League side.

The Japan international signed for Celtic on Hogmanay and was joined by two fellow countrymen. The triple signing emphasised the board’s backing of Ange as the hoops look to close the gap at the top of the table.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Arthur Papas said;

“It’s like nothing I’ve seen. Daizen possesses athletic qualities far superior to most players at the professional level. ‘His ability to repeatedly produce max speed efforts consistently would place him at the very echelon of the game, right up with the best athletes in world football.

“He suited the type of football Ange had instilled at Yokohama, being a high-intensity game with and without the ball. ‘Then over the course of that time he refined his game technically in and around the box and became more and more prolific.”

From the clips available to watch, it is fair to say that Maeda looks like a quality player. He seems to be very pacey and physical and has an eye for goal, finishing J-League top scorer. His arrival has excited many fans and we cant wait to see him in action.



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