After the arrival of Mizutani, and Kamiyama and Kasagawa both signing for another season it is no surprise at all to see that Kawata is returning to Gamba Osaka after his season on loan.
Kawata made his league debut, and got 10 starts at the end of the season to make his loan season worthwhile and I hope that he goes on to have a successful career as he never did anything but try his best for Avispa.
With Gamba dropping down to J2 next season we may well see him again soon. He is definitely good enough for J2 level, albeit an average keeper who makes few mistakes than one who regularly produces man of the match displays.
I’d expect a club of Gamba’s standing to use him as a substitute keeper, unless they are trying to cut costs for the coming season to suuport Endo and Leandro.
To move forward I think Kawata needs to get a bit more bulk on him. He isn’t very big for a keeper, and especially at J1 level where he would regularly be coming up against combative, tall foreign strikers he needs more presence.
Beyond that his shot-stopping and catching is all adequate, without being special, and he should get better with more experience.
Leaving quote: “I’m sorry we couldn’t produce the results which everyone was expecting this season.
It was just a short stay of 1 season, but I’m very grateful for the support I received.
After leaving Avispa Fukuoka I hope to improve further. Thank-you.”