This Celtic man is a bit of an enigma and it appears that many believe him to be a footballing god. whilst others question what all the fuss is about!
Celtic’s number 25 Shunsuke Nakamura, the 30-year-old former Reggina man, has helped them to three successive SPL titles and will be remembered by many for THAT free kick that humbled Manchester United in the winter of 2006. However some are not so sure of his attributes and are seemingly not so keen to get carried away with the praise of the Yokohama-born star.
“We are lucky enough to have a genius in our ranks”
— Gordon Strachan
Luigi De Canio, the Italian who managed Nakamura during the 2002-03 season at Reggina, was frank about Nakamura’s limitations. “He was a good player, but not an exceptional one,” he said. “Technically, he was excellent, but he wasn’t a player who would win you games. He doesn’t have great physical qualities; even when he goes by a man, he’s quite easily caught. He never manages to be a match-winner. I had to play him further back in the midfield because of that weakness. An attacker in my team has to be productive, there must be an end product.” (Times Online)
Fans of the SPL champions may well be very interested in this particularly well-written piece about Celtic’s Japanese midfielder. The article shows there are always two sides to every argument! Click here to read the whole thing.
So what are Celtic fans thoughts on Nakamura? Genius or just good?