Nir Tsadok, a journalist for Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has identified Ismaila Soro’s strengths and weakness following his move to Celtic, and warned that the midfielder has had disciplinary problems in the past.
In an interview in the print edition of the Scottish Daily Mail (02/02, p121), as cited by HITC, Tsadok revealed Soro is already a more talented player than the likes of Efe Ambrose and Nir Bitton both were prior to their moves to Celtic from Israel.
But while he praised Soro’s abilities, Tsadok also outlined how he has a “temper” and picks up bookings on a regular basis.
Soro is one of the best central midfielders in Israel. He has been playing to a much better standard than Efe Ambrose was at Ashdod. If Ambrose could move to Celtic and be a success, then I have to say that Soro is at a more developed stage of his career. It’s very interesting. Soro is also a better player than Bitton. He has done more than Bitton had before he left Israel.
He is really good at moving the ball quickly. He controls the midfield almost on his own – and that’s with a team that is not used to having a lot of possession.
Soro is a strong player but not tall. He has had some issues with red cards, maybe two to three per season. He has a temper, but I think any of the big clubs in Israel would love to have had him.
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While Soro did receive three red cards during the 2018/19 campaign, the midfielder has shown an improvement in that area of his game already this season, receiving just four yellow cards in 24 appearances (Transfermarkt).
Furthermore, given how the Daily Record have previously described Soro as a midfielder whose main strengths are making tackles, intercepting passes and breaking up the play, you would expect him to pick up a few bookings here and there.
As long as he can keep his temper under control, unlike a certain player who often loses his cool on the blue side of Glasgow, then Celtic will probably not mind him picking up a few bookings throughout the season.
Furthermore, Celtic are a side who thus far, have committed the least amount of fouls per game on average than any other Scottish side this season (CIES Football Observatory), which suggests how well drilled when the Hoops are when it comes to dispossessing opponents.