Celtic’s transfer policy under Ange Postecoglou has been the subject of much praise from the fans and the media.
And rightly so.
The Celtic manager has unearthed some proper gems in the two seasons he has been at the club and one of those is being tipped to be a major player for the club next season.
Tomoki Iwata arrived from Japan in January and as yet, most of his appearances have been from the bench. But for the little time he has had, he is making a huge impression on the Celtic fans.
And Frank McAvennie.
The former Celt says that Ange has been spot on in his strategy of breaking the former J League MVP into the first team and McAvennie has tipped Iwata to shine next season, “I think the manager is doing well, bringing him in and out but I think he is ready to flourish now,” he told Football Insider.
“As the manager said, there is more to come from him. He uses both feet, sprays the ball all over the place.
“He is different from Hatate, where Hatate runs forward Iwata just sits and lets McGregor be in his normal position. I would love to see Iwata, Hatate and McGregor in the middle moving forward.“
Iwata does look like a quality player and Ange is absolutely doing the correct thing by just giving him fleeting appearances.
We all saw what happened to Reo Hatate last season as the Celtic midfielder appeared to burnt out towards the end of the season.
And just like Hatate, Iwata is just off the back of a full season in Japan so to risk over playing him could be costly.
Get him a full pre season under his belt and then unleash him on the first team. We did that with Hatate and look how he’s turned out for us.
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