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Kaoru Mitoma can end Celtic’s worst habit

With Ange Postecoglou now sitting proudly as Celtic manager, their plans for the new campaign are beginning to build up a head of steam.

A number of Postecoglou’s countrymen have been linked with a move, while a plethora of J-League players are also said to be taking his fancy.

On the chalkboard

We’ve seen Australia regulars Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan touted with a reunion at Parkhead but despite their pedigree in the game, it’s a Japanese forward we’d like to focus on.

Reports from Japan (via The Sun) suggest that Celtic are interested in signing Kaoru Mitoma from Kawasaki Frontale.

Described as the most “creative” player in the entire Japanese top-flight by Juco James from the Huddle podcast, he is a rampant force in the final third.

Should Celtic sign Mitoma this summer?

No chance!

No chance!

Yes please!

Yes please!

He attempts ten dribbles per 90 minutes and has been compared to former Celtic star Jeremie Frimpong for his progressive running.

Mitoma has ten goals this term, taking his overall tally for Kawasaki Frontale to 28 strikes throughout his time at the club.

What stands out about his game are the positions he shoots and subsequently scores from. With help from Bhoys Analytics, we can see that the 24-year-old has only taken five attempts towards goal outside the box in his last 75 attempts.

All of his 15 goals are from inside the box while 18 efforts from inside the area that didn’t find the net are all on target.

This is considerably different from a number of other options already at the club. Celtic engineered a horrendous habit last season of taking shots towards goal from long-range.

As of December, Ryan Christie had taken more shots than any other Celtic player but 64% of them had been from outside the box. By the end of April, Christie had taken 51 shots from long range, resulting in just a solitary goal.

That’s an extremely poor tally but it didn’t get much better for David Turnbull and Callum McGregor either.

As of April 30th, Christie, McGregor and Turnbull had taken more attempts from distance than eight other teams in the Premiership. They’d had 145 shots outside the area with a conversion rate of just 4.1%.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

Therefore, the idea of signing Mitoma this summer could completely eradicate those bad habits.

If he dislodges Christie in the XI then it certainly irons out that part of Celtic’s game. The evidence shows that Mitoma takes fewer attempts from range, leading to a better output inside the box.

Postecoglou has plenty of issues to address at Paradise but the Hoops may noy score more goals until this one is sorted out.

AND in other news, Postecoglou must unleash “exceptionally good” 18 y/o after opening day Celtic promise…

Article title: Kaoru Mitoma can end Celtic’s worst habit

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