Ange Postecoglou led his Celtic side to a fifth consecutive win on Wednesday night as the Hoops beat AZ Alkmaar 2-0 in the Europa League.
Kyogo Furuhashi and James Forrest scored the goals for the Australian’s side, with Tom Rogic and Furuhashi providing the assists. Joe Hart was also able to claim a clean sheet, with his defence helping him to stop Alkmaar from finding the back of the net.
However, it was not all sunshine and rainbows for the Hoops as one player, in particular, struggled to show his quality on the pitch.
Liel Abada was reintroduced to the side after two games on the sidelines due to injury and his lack of sharpness was evident in his performance. The summer signing was the only player in the starting XI to record a FotMob rating lower than 7.1, as he scored 6.6 for his display on the wing.
Delving deeper into his statistics from the game, it is easy to see why he was given such a low score in comparison to his teammates. Per FotMob, Abada lost 100% of his duels on the pitch and only completed three passes in 58 minutes before being taken off, having attempted five overall.
In total, he only had eight touches of the ball and had one shot on goal whilst creating zero chances for his teammates and attempted one cross – unsuccessfully – into the box. This shows that he failed to get himself into the game and was left watching on as his teammates did the business.
Ahead of the game, we published an article urging Postecoglou to throw Abada a bone by unleashing him against Alkmaar following his fitness issues. We pointed to his form in matches earlier this season as a reason behind starting him, with the Australian ultimately agreeing with our suggestion as he picked him against the Dutch side.
However, he let his head coach down with a disastrous display and embarrassed him. As shown by the aforementioned statistic, he was unable to make any positive impact on the game before being hauled off in the second-half. This will have been a disappointment to Postecoglou as the winger did not prove that he was right to put his faith in him for this game, leaving him embarrassed at making the decision to start h