Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for “incredible” Kyogo upgrade

Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for "incredible" Kyogo upgrade
Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for "incredible" Kyogo upgrade

Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for “incredible” Kyogo upgrade

According to reports, the Hoops are eager to step over the line for the 6′ 3″ marksman.

Last weekend, Celtic completed a domestic double by winning the SFA Cup final at Hampden Park, giving them

another trophy to cap off their 2023–2024 campaign.

With a 1-0 victory over their local rivals, the Hoops added the cup to their collection after previously winning and

lifting the Scottish Premiership title under Brendan Rodgers.

After Ange Postecoglou left to play for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, Rodgers returned to Parkhead last

summer. He had a respectable first season back at Paradise, taking home two trophies.

The Northern Irish head coach may, however, be hoping for more success in Europe the next season, since his team’s

Champions League group result of last in the first half of the season eliminated them from competition.

The summer transfer window will present the former Liverpool manager with an additional chance to bolster his

team in order to advance and get better the following season. They are already planning to buy one player in a

potentially £6 million deal.

Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for "incredible" Kyogo upgrade
Celtic ready to seal £6m deal for “incredible” Kyogo upgrade

Celtic plotting deal for cup final hero

Following his game-winning goal against Rangers in the SFA Cup final at Hampden Park last weekend, it has been

claimed that Celtic are planning to make a permanent move to capture Adam Idah.

The Daily Record claims that Rodgers is prepared to have the board support him in his efforts to get the Ireland

international back to Parkhead for a longer stay.

According to the report, the Hoops executives are determined to fulfill the Northern Irish tactician’s ambition by

preparing a move for the loanee from Norwich City.

The report claims that the Canaries, who developed the 6′ 3″ marksman through their youth program, are seeking a

price tag of about £6 million for the outstanding attacker.

The Daily Record, however, doesn’t say if the Scottish behemoths are willing to pay the whole £6 million asking price

or if they plan to try to negotiate a lower deal.

According to reports, Norwich is nearing an agreement to name Danish strategist Johannes Hoff Thorup as their

new head coach. It is unclear, though, how this development would impact Celtic’s efforts to sign Idah.

The Scottish team may have to wait until the new manager arrives before they can finalize a trade since he might

already have ideas for the Irishman or be willing to cash in on him to finance recruits of his own.

If Celtic can bring the 23-year-old center-forward back to Parkhead, they may have a stronger choice than Kyogo

Furuhashi to lead the line for them the next campaign.

Kyogo Furuhashi’s struggles this season

The Japan international entered the 2023–24 season having scored 27 goals in 31 Premiership games while playing

for Postecoglou the previous season.

He appeared to be a key player at the top of the pitch for the Hoops and Rodgers this time around after having an

exceptionally productive season in Scotland.

Even though Kyogo continued to score goals, his effectiveness in front of goal was lacking as the attacker frequently

let his teammates down with careless finishing. Kyogo is 29 years old.

Celtic’s most wasteful finishers
23/24 Premiership xG Goals xG differential
Kyogo Furuhashi 18.39 14 -4.39
Daizen Maeda 8.78 6 -2.78
Reo Hatate 4.92 3 -1.92
Luis Palma 8.54 7 -1.54
Hyeon-gyu Oh 6.35 5 -1.35
Stats via WhoScored

No Celtic player disappointed as a finisher more than the Japanese dud, as you can see in the above table, who

scored at least four goals less than one would have thought given the caliber of opportunities that were generated for

him.

With 14 goals at the end of the Premiership season and an incredible 24 “big chances” squandered in 38 games,

Kyogo clearly did not take advantage of the possibilities that were presented to him.

The five-foot-seven attacker did not contribute much to the game save for his goals. On average, he only had 16.9

touches of the ball and completed 5.6 passes (67% success rate) per game. This indicates that the forward did not

participate in the build-up and that the few touches he did have frequently resulted in missed opportunities.

Why Adam Idah is better than Kyogo Furuhashi

Given Idah’s outstanding play in the second half of the season on loan, Rodgers may now be able to sign a striker for

£6 million, becoming better than Kyogo.

On deadline day in early February, the Hoops signed him on loan from Norwich, and the striker—whom the Bhoys

manager praised for his “incredible” talent—became an instant success in Scotland.

23/24 Premiership Adam Idah Kyogo Furuhashi
Appearances 15 38
Minutes per game 41 66
Goals 8 14
Big chances missed 7 24
Minutes per goal 76 179
Aerial duel success rate 64% 26%
Stats via Sofascore

Idah took 103 fewer minutes to score than Kyogo, as evidenced by the figure above, where he averaged a goal per 76

minutes and scored eight goals in 15 league games.

With his strike that gave Celtic the SFA Cup on Saturday, the 6′ 3″ marksman not only emerged victorious in 64% of

his aerial duels but also dominated opponents defenders in the air, making him an excellent weapon for the club to

use under duress.

Idah outplayed the former Vissel Kobe star in terms of average playing time, but he still had more touches (17.9) and

completed more passes (7.1) per game.

This demonstrates how the Irishman participates significantly more in the team’s build-up play to serve as a focal

point at number nine. This was evident in the 5-0 victory over Kilmarnock to clinch the league title, as he not only

scored a goal but also held the ball up brilliantly up front, completing 85% of his passes.

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