Celtic presenter Paul John Dykes has claimed Liel Abada is ‘far more effective’ as a striker and suggested he could play with Kyogo Furuhashi as a duo regularly.
In the Bhoys’ last league game, two goals from Abada helped them claim a 3-1 victory. In the game, the young forward was tasked with playing more centrally and it clearly worked out with his match-winning performance.
While talking about the tactic on the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Dykes claimed that Abada ‘doesn’t seem to be as comfortable’ out on the wing and the club would potentially be better off if Ange Postecoglou opted to keep him more centrally in the future.
He said: “I’m wondering if we will get to a point where, maybe, we’ll mix it up a wee bit and play Kyogo and Abada through the middle.
“Because Abada is far more effective through the middle than he has been on the right wing – he doesn’t seem to be as comfortable out there.”
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Still only 20 years of age, Abada is certainly at a point in his career where he could be moulded into a different and better player by the right manager.
He has mostly played as a right-winger this season, but in recent weeks, has been used in a more central position. In fact, his last three Scottish Premier League games have seen him score on three occasions – all while playing down the middle.
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Taking that into account, it’s easy to understand why Dykes believes the Israeli to be better suited in such a role. Add to that, the fact that Kyogo has 16 strikes to his name this season, the two could form a formidable duo if Postecoglou can get them working successfully in tandem.
Perhaps this experiment will be tested out in the coming weeks.