Celtic forward Daizen Maeda was one of a number of players who struggled in the defeat to Bodo-Glimt on Thursday night.
The Japanese international was caught offside on a number of occasions and fluffed one of the Hoops’ best chances during the second leg in Norway.
Maeda has a great work ethic, and while there are some supporters on Twitter who doubt the 24-year-old’s quality, most say they have seen enough that he’ll turn out to be a good signing for the club:
I hope the lad does well but he doesnt look up to much sadly, was expecting more of everything
— Shields of Athenry (@bbs909) February 25, 2022
Said the same last night. He never stopped running or harrying the whole game. Makes a lot of good runs that don’t get seen by the midfield yet (as do Hatate and Kyogo) . But it’ll come and when it does he’ll be excellent.
— Stevie Mcblahblah (@smcc1967) February 25, 2022
Panics in front of goal too much . Has to improve, had the best chance last night.
— Timor O’Seery (@seery_o) February 25, 2022
He’s only going to improve and we’re going to need him with Kyogo out long term.
Keep the faith☘️
— Chris Rennie (@renniecork1) February 25, 2022
Bang average thus far
— martinstranger (@martinstranger) February 26, 2022
He’s a machine. More to come from him defo
— Benny Fitzclement (@mickonthesick) February 25, 2022
Once he’s fully settled and his best position to fit the system found, he’ll be immense
— Stevie 🏴🍀🇯🇵 (@SAINtBORR) February 25, 2022
Think people just forget he’s played a full season without any real break then to come to Scotland n continue to play
— Connor🇮🇪🇬🇷 (@cashman_connor) February 25, 2022
I think he will be good long term, bit of a slow burner, but his movement and work ethic is brilliant. He’ll work his way into everyone’s affections.
— Paul (@Realpaul2021) February 25, 2022
Four goals in nine appearances is certainly not a bad return from the Japanese star, especially as he has played half of his matches as a left-winger.
It must be said that he doesn’t possess the ability of his fellow countryman Kyogo Furuhashi, and he may struggle to get into Ange Postecoglou’s first eleven ahead of Jota, but he has undoubtedly a decent option to have in the squad.