Chris Sutton is all praises for Daizen Maeda following his outstanding performance for Celtic over the weekend.
The international player from Japan was a standout as Celtic secured another victory against Livingston, earning three more points in the Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers was particularly impressed by Maeda’s contribution at the Tony Macaroni, emphasising his exceptional work rate, equivalent to two players, especially valuable as Celtic played most of the match with ten men.
Speaking to the Daily Record, he said:
“I know Rodgers sees him as a central striker and the only question was about his finishing if he plays there. It doesn’t hold him back when he plays for Japan.
“He played there in pre-season and he really looked the part. But I understand why he’s been used more out wide again because Celtic have injuries in those areas and new signings who are still getting up to speed. We might see him moving inside more once Liel Abada is back and Luis Palma and Marco Tillio are fully integrated into the squad. But I’m convinced Maeda will only get better.
“He’s only 25 and is developing all the time. It doesn’t really matter where he is on the pitch as you know he’s going to work the legs off defenders and really help his team.”
Brendan Rodgers has admitted in the past that there is a reason he leads the line for Japan, and was impressed with his contribution from the striking position in pre-season, when he netted a hat trick.
A change of position is certainly not off the cards.