Jogo Signs   Leave a comment

The club have announced the first confirmed contract for next season with Hisashi Jogo signed for 2012.
It isn’t a surprise as he is a local boy who has spent his whole career at Avispa, but he is a much admired player who would have had no problem finding a different club if he wanted to.

I am quite often negative about Jogo on this website, but that isn’t because I think he is a bad player; I think that he is the best player at Avispa Fukuoka.

The frustration comes that while he has the technique, vision and poise to be a top J1 player he can end up drifting out of games and handicap Avispa by playing with no striker at times.

The position he plays is the most important aspect of this as he is usually in the team as the striker in a 4231, but often drifts wide or collects balls deep which means that there is no-one in the box for him to play to ending our attacks.
I really want him to play as a support striker; as the central play of the 3 in a 4231, or as a secondary striker in a 442 or 4411. This would allow him to try and break as he currently does, but also means there should be a presence in the box if he has gone wide.
Barcelona are the only team in the world who successfully play with no striker, and while it might be admirable to ape Barcelona it is also a near impossible task.

In a more general sense Jogo also needs to start attacking the ball rather than anticipating to run onto balls. At J1 level we saw that time and again Central defenders were coming onto the ball and clearing it while Jogo ran on behind them. At the top level defenders are very rarely going to miss clearances, so Jogo cannot base his game on hoping that the ball will reach him and must go to meet it.

Possible team for 2012 (confirmed players!)….

……………………..Ishizu……………………….

…???????????………….Jogo…………….??????????…

…………….???????????……???????????…………….

??????????…….???????????…..????????????……O Chan Hyon

…………………..?????????????……………………..

Posted December 17, 2011 by avispafukuoka in News

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