Kyogo shares desperation to do something Edouard failed to do at Celtic last season
Odsonne Edouard scored 18 league goals last season, and Kyogo Furuhashi has told Japanese outlet Number Web he wants to outscore the Frenchman.
Kyogo, 26, has certainly made an excellent start for Celtic since joining the club from J-League side Vissel Kobe. He has eight goals in 11 games so far.
The Japan international has four Scottish Premiership goals in five league games. Edouard netted 18 in 31 last term, so Kyogo is certainly on course.
Indeed, the no.8 got his fourth league goal of the season on Sunday afternoon at Pittodrie – as Celtic got back to winning ways, domestically.
Speaking about his start to life at Celtic, Kyogo was asked about his aims. He said he wants to improve on Edouard’s goal tally of last season, 18.
“First of all, I would like to score more than 20 goals this season,” Kyogo said. “It’s a club that is considered to be the top two in Scotland.
“So that should be normal. Last season Edouard scored 18 goals in the league, so I want to exceed that.”
Kyogo on Edouard: Can Celtic hero overtake Edouard?
Without a doubt. Edouard was a sensational signing for Celtic, but what he lacks that Kyogo’s boasts is the Japanese star’s incredible work rate.
His high press, pace and ability to defend from the front is perfect for Ange Postecoglou’s style. Kyogo has already fashioned a few chances from it.
That will create Kyogo chances. The one issue which could prevent Kyogo from reach 20 league goals – 16 to go – is his position.
Giorgos Giakoumakis is likely to start next time out as he overcomes an injury-hit start. So, Kyogo could be pushed out on the left.
That might hamper his chances to score 20, but if he continues up front, there is no reason why Kyogo cannot reach that tally this season.