Brendan Rodgers has compared the hype surrounding new loan signing Daniel Arzani as like the one received by Aussie great Harry Kewell, but expectations still need to be managed according to the Celtic boss.
Arzani has joined Celtic on loan for the season from Manchester City after bursting onto to the scene down under.
The youngster has been touted as the next great Australian player. However, Brendan Rodgers believes that expectations for the midfielder still need to be managed.
Speaking to the media, via FTBL, Rodgers said:
Daniel hasn’t played 90 minutes football, here or in Australia.
This is a young player who burst onto the scene back home and is regarded as a talent.
“But he is very knew into his life as a professional and has just been with us for three weeks. It’s the adaptation to a new country, new club, new football.
It’s just time, he’s a talented young player and the idea with a talented young player is to go from a talent to a professional.
It will be our job to manage the expectation, every young player in Australia they hope can be the next Harry Kewell.
Kewell burst onto the scene over a 20 years ago, and played in the Premier League for Leeds and Liverpool. However, Rodgers believes that Arzani can match Kewell’s achievements, if he has the same commitment.
Harry was a special talent but Daniel is a young boy who has talent, over the coming years we will see if he the commitment to go with the quality he has.