With Shigematsu leaving I thought that our squad was looking pretty much complete and wasn’t expecting any more arrivals when 2 more were announced.
One of these may well turn out to be the most important signing of the Summer as one time National Team player Daisuke Sakata comes to the club.
Having played with no striker for striker for a lot of last season we now have a few who I would have really liked in J1, including probably the best of the bunch Daisuke Sakata.
After playing in the J-League with Yokohama Marinos for 10 years he headed to Europe for a spell at Aris Thessalonika in the Greek top division where he also experienced the Europa League.
During his time at Yokohama he was also called up for the Japanese National Team where he managed to get a single cap in a performance lasting 4 minutes. He had previously been in the U-20 team which made the last 8 of the World Cup with him scoring 4 to be awarded the Silver shoe top scorers award.
I’m not entirely sure why at 28 years old, in what should probably be his peak years, he is now coming to Avispa in the second division, but I’m very pleased that he is.
He is a short, agile striker who can shoot well with both feet. He has played on the wing in an attacking 3 before, but with his proven talent I hope we play him through the middle and ask him to get into the box as much as he can.
I had been optimistic about promotion after our recent signings, With Sakata I think we should probably be close to favorites for going up as Champions.
Comments when joining…”Last year I had different experiences in Greece and Tokyo, this year I want a year of victory. The goal in Fukuoka is to return to J1 in 1 year, competing as a team. I can score goals and force the team. Thanks for your support.”
I what must be our final addition to the squad for next season (we now have a bigger and better squad than last year) we have another defender, and another left-sided defender in Shunsuke Tsutsumi from Urawa Reds.
Listed as someone who plays as left-back and centre-back It looks like we now have 5 players who have experience of playing at left-back in the squad.
Tsutsumi has experience of J2 having played at Tochigi SC last season on loan, and at Kumamoto the season before that where presumably he has impressed someone enough to add him to the list of players at the squad for 2012.
He has played for Japan at U18 and U19 level, but then like so many young Japanese defenders didn’t push on and secure a regular starting opsition at his J1 club. He wasn’t helped by a serious injury when he damaged his cruciate ligament a couple of years ago.
At 24 he needs to start playing regularly, but with so many defenders in a similar position at Avispa a few of them are going to be disappointed.