Celtic latest news: "Fantastic talent" who "covers every blade of grass" hailed

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Scottish journalist Stuart Hodge has described Kyogo Furuhashi as a "fantastic talent" – and has been impressed with the striker's ability to gamble in the the box.

The Japanese international joined Celtic for £4.6m from Vissel Kobe in the summer and has made an outstanding start to his Hoops career.

How has Furuhashi performed for Celtic?

Having scored 49 goals in 111 outings for his previous club, the 26-year-old arrived at Parkhead as someone who was capable of scoring goals.

And it didn't take Furuhashi long to show the Celtic faithful exactly what he can do, scoring on his full debut in the Europa League before introducing himself to the Hoops fans with a hat-trick in a 6-0 victory over Dundee three days later.

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He hasn't been fazed by the big occasion in Europe, either, scoring in both games against Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros, part of five goals in seven outings in the Europa League, whilst he's also chipped in with three assists.

Therefore, Hodge has been left in awe by the start Furuhashi has made to his career in Scottish football.

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What did Hodge say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "He covers every blade of grass, he presses every single bulge, which is a massive part of Ange Postecoglou's footballing ID, and he gambles into the box.

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"You see so many strikers when they do that thing when they're on their heels at the edge of the six-yard box and even gambling in at the back-post you will get goals. Furuhashi will get five of those this season if he stays fit. He's a fantastic talent, it's amazing to me."

How many goals can Furuhashi score?

He's already reached double figures and we're just more than a third of the way through the season, which would suggest there's still plenty more to come.

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As Hodge alluded to, Furuhashi has an amazing ability to make those late runs into the box, which have already seen him rewarded with several tap-ins, whilst he's got that knack of being in the right place at the right time.

Furthermore, Furuhashi has proven himself as deadly in one-on-one situations and with so many goalscoring attributes to his game, there's nothing stopping the Japanese from pushing towards the 25-goal mark providing he stays fit.

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