Hearts star Craig Halkett has made a big prediction about his teammate Ryotaro Meshino, saying he thinks the Japanese attacker can be just as good as Japanese legend Shunsuke Nakamura.
The former Celtic player is one of the most recognisable players of the modern age in Scottish football, excelling with the Parkhead side for a number of years.
Meshino is the second Japanese player to grace the SPFL era, with the first being ex-Dundee United stopper Eeij Kawashima.
Halkett believes he can be as good as the former Hoops man in the coming months.
The defender told the Edinburgh Evening News: “He is something different that the league maybe hasn’t seen before, so he could show his worth in the coming week.
“It definitely is early and he has only been in a couple of weeks but from what we have seen in the last couple of weeks in training and in the game, he is right up there.
“It’s a bit early to say whether he is like Nakamura but hopefully he gets to that level in the coming months.”
Halkett is clearly impressed with Hearts recruit Meshino
Meshino made his debut as a substitute during Hearts’ 2-2 draw with Hamilton. He didn’t have much time to showcase his skills then, but he could make his first start this weekend against Motherwell.
Nakamura is obviously the man to emulate in Japanese football. He is an icon in his homeland as well as in Scotland. Meshino will be well versed in his achievements.
It’s high praise from Halkett indeed to make comparisons to Nakamura this early on. He has clearly seen something in Meshino that excites him.
Even if this move does go wrong, He’s already secured his place in Hearts’ history. Meshino is the club’s first Japanese player, but the attacker will be hoping to be remembered for more than that.
Halkett’s clearly looking forward to seeing his teammate in action on a regular basis. If the defender’s comments are anything to go by, Jambo supporters should be too.