Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou continues to reap the benefits of his decision to snap up Matt O’Riley earlier this year, with the silky 22-year-old having quickly become a leading asset for the Parkhead outfit since his £1.5m switch from MK Dons back in January.
The Denmark U21 international has racked up four goals and nine assists in 42 games for the Old Firm to date, having offered a real creative spark in the centre of the pitch in recent times, either in a more advanced playmaking role or in a deeper-lying position.
Praised for his “elite mentality” by journalist Chris Doyle, the London-born ace has enjoyed a particularly impressive start to the current campaign after racking up seven assists in just 15 Scottish Premiership games, while notably averaging 2.1 key passes per game and racking up nine big chances created in the league.
That has ensured that the one-time Fulham man ranks fourth in the division for chances created from open play (1.78), while his tally of assists is also the highest of any player in the league, ahead of teammate Jota.
Not only a star domestically, the 6 foot 2 sensation has also shown his class against elite opposition on the Champions League stage, having been lauded by journalist Guillem Balague following his display against holders Real Madrid at Parkhead:
“He did not look out of place at all against Madrid and will reach bigger highs for sure.”
The in-form asset could seemingly be able to form an exciting midfield partnership were Postecoglou to thrust 18-year-old starlet Tsoanelo Letsosa into the fray, with the academy asset able to only enhance the Hoops’ creativity and attacking thrust.
The young Scotsman – who was born in Lesotho – has been with the Glasgow side since the age of 12, going on to make an impressive rise up the youth ranks and into the club’s ‘B’ team in recent times.
That step up has proven particularly profitable as the teenager boasts a haul of three goals and four assists in 16 Lowland League games this season from his central midfield berth, having netted in the recent defeat to Berwick Rangers on Tuesday.
The versatile ace – who can also feature on the flanks – could well add an extra goal threat to Postecoglou’s side having also scored during the club’s UEFA Youth League campaign, showcasing his quality against the best U19 talent on the continent.
Those at Celtic Park will likely be hoping to keep hold of Letsosa moving forward, with the emerging prospect having previously been linked with a move to join Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City back in 2020.
Thankfully the Bhoys were able to keep to ward off that interest, although the next step should seemingly be a place in the first team, with it a hugely exciting thought as to seeing the Scotland youth international lining up alongside the aforementioned O’Riley in the years to come.