Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has already utilised his J-League connections to secure the signings of both Yuki Kobayashi and Tomoki Iwata in the current transfer window, although it looks as if the 57-year-old could eyeing another Japanese recruit before the end of the month.
According to recent reports – as per the Daily Record – the Premiership champions are said to be keeping tabs on Shimizu S Pulse sensation Yuito Suzuki ahead of a potential move to Parkhead, albeit with the Hoops said to face competition for the 21-year-old’s signature from Belgian outfit Club Brugge.
The promising playmaker was previously linked with a possible move to Glasgow last summer, and it looks as if the Old Firm giants could revive that interest with a concrete approach in the coming weeks.
The “really interesting” youngster – as described by talent scout Jacek Kulig – has caught the eye as a result of his impressive displays in his homeland, having recorded a respectable tally of six goals and four assists in 93 appearances in all competitions at senior level to date.
Although the “inconsistent” talent – as per Kulig – clearly has room for improvement, the expectation is that he could go on to truly blossom in the near future, having been tipped for a move to Europe last year.
The attacking midfielder – who can also feature on either flank or through the middle – could well emerge as something of a superstar if he makes the move to Scotland any time soon, with the 5 foot 9 starlet reportedly idolising Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne.
Having been described as an “advanced playmaker” and a player whose notable strengths include “vision” and “creativity”, in the words of the aforementioned Kulig, Suzuki does appear to have traits which could well align with the experienced Belgian.
The latter has been lauded by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher in recent weeks as the “best player in the Premier League for the past four or five years“, having regularly delivered the goods from his playmaking midfield berth for the English champions.
The 31-year-old boasts a haul of 60 goals and 96 assists in 228 top-flight outings in English football, with the hallmark of his game having arguably been his creativity, with Jamie Redknapp notably stating in 2021 that the one-time Chelsea ace is “the best passer the Premier League has ever seen“.
That has been evident this season as De Bruyne has already registered ten assists in the league so far, while recording a remarkable tally of 19 big chances created and averaging a stunning 3.4 key passes per game.
Although Suzuki is not yet close to reaching such heights, the Japan youth international clearly also possesses the ability to produce a moment of magic and unlock a defence, having created seven big chances during the most recent J-League season while averaging 1.1 key passes per game.
Having admitted himself that he is a player who likes to “receive the ball in the gaps of the opponents and link it to the attack”, the versatile dynamo is clearly able to provide that invaluable ‘link’ between midfield and the forward line, much like De Bruyne offers for Pep Guardiola’s side.
As such, Postecoglou and co could well be onto a winner if Suzuki is to prove anywhere close to the quality of his footballing hero.