Yokohama F. Marinos striker Daizen Maeda, the J. League’s joint-top scorer last season and one of its most charismatic talents in Japan arrives in Glasgow to team up with his old boss Ange Postecoglou.
“Because of how well Kyogo Furuhashi is doing, and also in the past when Shunsuke Nakamura played for Celtic, there is a lot of interest (in the club) in Japan,” Maeda told Celtic TV in his first official interview at the club.
“When I met him during national team duty, I asked him about Celtic and he was telling me lots of good things about it, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Dan Orlowitz of the Japan Times writes – If there is a player among the trio most likely to match Furuhashi’s appeal with Celtic fans, it is undoubtedly Maeda, who boasts plenty of charisma to go with his blistering speed and ruthless finishing abilities in the box. The 24-year-old — whose 23 goals were enough to share last season’s Golden Boot with Frontale striker Leandro Damiao — will likely be the fastest to adjust, having spent a year under Postecoglou at Marinos.
“I’m going to play as recklessly as I always have,” Maeda wrote in his farewell message to F. Marinos supporters. “I’m off to visit the ‘Boss!’”