Scottish champions Celtic are seemingly already eyeing potential January strikes, with supervisor Ange Postecoglou having admitted that the Hoops have accomplished a lot of their preparation for when the market re-opens.
The winter window proved significantly fruitful earlier this yr because the Previous Agency giants introduced in MK Dons playmaker Matt O’Riley for simply £1.5m, having additionally accomplished a triple J-League swoop with the additions of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi.
That latter trio might properly be joined by one other Japanese colleague within the type of Vissel Kobe starlet, Yuki Kobayashi, with the rising centre-back believed to be on his option to Parkhead within the New Yr, in keeping with the newest experiences.
In line with current hypothesis within the participant’s homeland, the 22-year-old’s transfer to Glasgow is now all however confirmed, with the Scottish Premiership facet set to accumulate the highly-rated prospect on a free switch, with the defender’s present deal set to run out in January.
To herald the promising teenager on a free might properly show to be one thing of a coup so far as Postecoglou and co are involved, with journalist Sacha Pisani having recommended it’s “madness” that the Bhoys are set to land him for nothing.
Whereas one thing of an unknown to most in Scotland, the assumption is that the 6 foot 1 sensation might go on to impress in his new environment, with the aforementioned Pisani notably stating of his skills: “Yuki’s good within the air. Reads/anticipates recreation properly. Snug on ball as left-footer & superb at blocking photographs. A whole lot of upside.”
The previous Japan U20 worldwide – who has racked up 78 appearances for his present facet so far at senior stage – would supply a novel various for these at Celtic Park as a left-footed possibility at centre-back, providing a doubtlessly extra balanced match to the membership’s backline.
Kobayashi’s introduction at left centre-back might properly see the Hyogo-born machine type a stellar partnership with full-back, Greg Taylor, with the Scotland worldwide having been in superb type on the left of the defence to this point this time period.
The 25-year-old – who has supplied 4 objective contributions this season – has been lauded for his shows by each followers, teammates and pundits alike, with ex-Hoops playmaker Kris Commons notably dubbing him the “most improved participant in Scotland” amid his current resurgence.
The diminutive ace was additionally praised for being “very, very constant” by the aforementioned O’Riley earlier this season, whereas the ten-cap gem himself has admitted he has improved “insane quantities” since first arriving from Kilmarnock again in 2019.
With Taylor having seemingly nailed down the left-back berth – regardless of the signing of Alexandro Bernabei – the £8.2k-per-week menace might properly be the person to assist information Kobayashi if he’s to affix the membership within the winter window, serving to to type what might be an ‘insane’ and spectacular duo on the left facet of the defensive unit.