Journalist Kieran Devlin has compared Celtic attacker Liel Abada to Arjen Robben ahead of the Hoops’ marquee Champions League clash against Real Madrid this week.
The Lowdown: Abada on fire
The 20-year-old has made a flying start to the season for Ange Postecoglou’s side, looking like a hugely exciting talent with a big future ahead of him.
On Tuesday night, the Israeli will be hoping to announce himself on the biggest club stage of all, as Celtic host reigning title holders Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Latest: Abada compared to Robben
Taking to Twitter in sharing a corresponding article for The Athletic, Devlin compared Abada to Dutch legend Robben, once of Bernabeu fame, such is his unplayable nature at cutting onto his left foot.
The journalist stated:
“Everyone knows the danger of Abada’s blindside runs. But as with Arjen Robben cutting onto his left to curl a shot, there is a world of difference between knowing what he is doing and actually stopping it. That’s 5 goals from such runs in 2 league games.”
The Verdict: Watch out, Mendy
This is a fascinating opportunity to see Abada test himself against a world-class Real Madrid team on what promises to be a memorable night at Parkhead.
The Celtic forward may well fancy his chances against Los Blancos’ left-back Ferland Mendy, who has been beaten in one dribble per game in La Liga so far this season, and the Israeli must be positive in taking him on at every opportunity.
Will Postecoglou sign a new deal?
With the crowd behind him and his confidence sky-high, Abada will be eyeing up a special performance on Tuesday.
Who knows, there’s every chance that he may treat us to a few more replicas of Robben’s trademark move of cutting inside onto his left foot, perhaps making the visiting supporters pine for the days of the Dutchman’s party piece.
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