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Mizutani leaves, Kamiyama and Nakahara stay   Leave a comment

The squad is now starting to take shape with movement from 3 more players, all of which look like good moves for Avispa in my opinion.

Yuichi Mizutani
Some people might be surprised to see us let Mizutani go, he is potentially the best goal-keeper in the division and he won us a few points on his own last season with some excellent shot stopping displays before the summer.

I’m surprised that he is leaving because he only had one game back after badly injuring his Achilles, and is at an age where that sort of injury can be a big problem, especially coming as it did in a non-contact situation just running to take a goal-kick.
I would expect that he was one of avispa’s bigger wage earners, maybe behind only Koga and Sakata, and didn’t think another club would take him off up with his injury record.

Having said that if he plays 35 games for Toyama next season then they will have got a very good deal. The danger being he he gets injured after 12 games as he did for us. In our financial situation that is a gamble we can’t afford to take.

It will be very interesting to see how the wages saved on his contract are now spent.

Ryuichi Kamiyama
As one keeper looking at the 1st team leaves it opens the door for another to stay as Kamiyama agrees to stay and maintain his position as avispa’s longest serving player.

Everyone knows he has his limitations, these were quite painfully shown when we went to J1, but he does also have lots of positive qualities.
His shot-stopping is generally excellent, and has actually made lots of improvements to his game this season. He has started coming out for crosses more regularly, has physically improved by losing 5-10kg, and with our game now building from the back doesn’t need to kick so often.

He actually got some recognition at the end of the season being the highest rated keeper in J2 (Jogo was the lowest rated!), and played as avispa’s representative in the off season charity game a couple of days ago.

Shuto Nakahara
I always expected him to stay, but it is good to get confirmation through, he became an important player for us last season.

He is our most intelligent player and is capable of following a plan and trying to play between lines, and try to conduct play.
He might be the player which the team now gets built around.

Last season he was playing as the deepest midfielder for us, and as I said in a previous post I’d like him to now be pushed into the middle with a dedicated pit-bull behind him.

He plays a Xavi type role for avispa where he tries to keep the ball moving, and can use his quick feet to keep possession well while drawing a player towards him before playing his pass out.
He tackles enthusiastically, but it isn’t his best skill, and I feel that being played box to box he can use good stamina to play where he is needed without always worrying about being the last man back.

This also allows him to run with the ball a little freer, which he did well but rarely last season, and to always be available for a long shot on the edge of the box which he started to do well last season.
At times his shots looked more NASAhara than Nakahara as he sent them into near earth orbit, but they got better and he strikes me as someone who would put the hours into training to practice this more if he knew it was a position he would often be in during a match.

Posted December 31, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

2 New players arrive.   Leave a comment

As if by magic after saying I was a little worried by the lack of incoming players yesterday we had 2 arrive today.

I’m a little surprised it’s been announced today, but it shows that despite being a Sunday just before the New Year Holiday there are people working hard to get the club ready and sorted for the start of pre-season training in a week.

Kota Morimura
00118137-BMaking the short trip south from Giravanz Kitakyushu is Tokyo-born midfielder Kota Morimura. I can’t say I’ve actually noticed him previously, or know much about him, but all signs suggest that it could be a good signing for us.

He is a left-footed midfielder, and having played as #6 and #8 for Kitakyushu in the last couple of seasons is someone brought in to play in the middle. I would hope that before making the signing someone asked Shuto Nakahara about the guy having spent a season alongside him in the Kitakyushu midfield. Before that he had been at Mito Hollyhock on loan from FC Tokyo which means that while he is only 25 has played over 100 games at J2 level.

I think it is a very good improvement on bringing in somebody like Funayama who was older and had higher expectations. Morimura has a pedigree which saw him play for Japan in the U-16 age reange, but has since then seen himself drop from FC Tokyo and should be hungry to fulfil his early promise.

He is a decent height (1.81m), has the ability to score goals (13, including 5 in his first J2 season), and has been described as someone able to pass, dribble and shoot.

‘I am Kota Morimura coming from Giravanz Kitakyushu. I will keep setting myself high goals and work hard in training day by day to get used to the style of the team. I look forward to seeing happiness in the stadium and I thank you for your support.

Lee Kwang Seon
d_06017564tottoriThe second player coming in is equally interesting as another player of a good age (24), arriving with J1 experience, and in a position we really need to strengthen.

The most obvious thing about Son coming in is that he is 1.94m tall and will hopefully add a big help to balls in the air coming into the box, and should also give us something extra from corners where we have been quite ineffective since 2010.
He is quite clearly an out and out central defender, and may see himself playing alongside Park Gun in the middle of our defence in an all Korean pairing. If Oh Chan Hyon also plays at right-back we could start looking very Korean at the back, something which can only help with communication between the pair.

I’m also hopeful that being young he is going to be able to learn how Pusnik wants our defence to play, and is going to be quick enough to do it. We need to have one of the central 2 further forward from the other, rather than alongside each other as they may have practiced within other formations, and to have the pace to push out and close the space when we don’t have the ball.

The only slight concern for me is the same as with all the Korean players, they have to go and do their military service at some point. Hopefully we can get at least one good season from him now and then worry about that later if it happens.

“I’m Lee Kwang Seon and have decided to come from Vissel Kobe for next season. I’ll try to do my best for Avispa Fukuoka. Thank you very much.”

It does now mean that we have bodies in central defence and that might allow Tsutsumi to move to full-back or into a midfield anchor role.

Possible formation – (players already signed)

…………………Sakata……………………..
Kanamori………………………………Ushinohama
………..Morimura……….Mishima…………….
……………….( )…………………..
Oh………..Kwang……….Tsutsumi………Mitsunaga
……………….Kasagawa…………………..

With 10 players now announced we can now nearly get a full team out!

Posted December 29, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

A bit worried.   Leave a comment

From tomorrow Japan enters a bit of a holiday mode. Many clubs and companies are going to be closed for business and Avispa don’t even have enough players confirmed for next season to get 11 players on the pitch.

I expect most of the players who are not yet released from the club to stay at the club, but as last season showed that group of players isn’t going to be good enough to get the club where they want to go. In fact the group who remain plus the 8 we have released weren’t good enough for where we needed to go, with only a youth player brought in.

By the time the holiday period is over we will have about a week before pre-season training starts, and it is looking more and more like we might be picking over the players who no-one else wanted to sign, or couldn’t find anywhere else to go.
Potentially that could be a good thing as clubs use their budgets too early and there are players left over who need to find a club, but conversely it could mean that the most in-demand players are already taken and we are left with sub-standard options.

From the list of rumors I had read from last month Koji Noda had this week gone to V-Varen Nagasaki, and Mikami has gone to Kataller Toyama. Another name which was coming up often was Aoki who has returned to Thespa Kusatsu.
It is well documented that we don’t have a huge amount of cash lying around, but surely we should be able to compete for contracts with these clubs.

I expect things to get moving now the new President has been announced, there are a few new rumours going around, but at the moment the confirmed 2014 squad is looking a little thin:

Confirmed 2014 Squad.
Eita Kasagawa – 3rd choice goal-keeper.
Yuya Mitsunaga – 18 year old fullback from youth squad.
Oh Chan Hyon – Back-up right back.
Shunsuke Tsutsumi – Potentially best defender in J2, but can switch off.
Yuta Mishima – Right-back / Right midfield. 2nd year as professional.
Taku Ushinohama – Impact substitute.
Takeshi Kanamori – 2nd year pro attacker.
Daisuke Sakata – Focal point for attack, star striker.

To put our lack of signings into some perspective it may be worth looking at what other clubs in J2 have been up to.

Montedio Yamagata: 8 players in, 5 players out (+3)
Fagiano Okayama: 9 players in, 6 players out (+3)
Tokyo Verdy: 7 players in, 5 players out (+2)
Consadole Sapporo: 7 players in, 5 players out (+2)
Matsumoto Yamaga: 7 players in, 6 players out (+1)
Kataller Toyama: 7 players in, 7 players out (+0)
Mito Hollyhock: 5 players in, 5 players out (+0)
Shonan Bellmare: 10 players in, 10 players out (+0)
V-Varen Nagasaki: 3 players in, 4 players out (-1)
Yokohama FC: 4 players in, 5 players out (-1)
Kyoto Sanga: 4 players in, 5 players out (-1)
Thespa Kusatsu: 6 players in, 7 players out (-1)
Roasso Kumamoto: 7 players in, 9 players out (-2)
Jubilo Iwata: 6 players in, 9 players out (-3)
Giravanz Kitakyushu: 2 players in, 5 players out (-3)
JEF United: 4 players in, 8 players out (-4)
Ehime FC: 7 players in, 11 players out (-4)
Avispa Fukuoka: 1 player in, 8 players out (-7)
Oita Trinita: 8 players out (-8)
Tochigi SC: 3 players in, 11 players out (-8)
FC Gifu: 15 players out (-15)!

Posted December 27, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

The squad grows – 3 more re-sign.   Leave a comment

Of the players left in the Avispa squad from last year there are only 3 who I think have any chance to go to another club in J1 or J2 if they don’t re-sign to Avispa; Ishizu, Kanakubo and Tsutsumi. Everybody else will need to drop to J3, or a club near the bottom of J2 if they want to stay as professional footballers.

Shunsuke Tsutsumi.

Of those 3 Kanakubo isn’t even our player, Ishizu should stay unless his agent gives him crazy ideas after scoring a few goals, but Tsutsumi was a player I could see a few lower level J1 clubs thinking about giving a chance.

That has changed today as Tsutsumi has signed for another year. He has had a mixed time at Avispa. After his first year I don’t think many people would have cared if he stayed or left, but I always thought he had all the attributes needed to be one of the best defenders in the division.

This season he was given a bit more responsibility in the squad, and for the first half of the season was our best player. He wasn’t just our best player, he was our best centre-back, best right-back, and after a really good finish to get his first league goal looked like he could be our best striker too.

Things went off the boil a little bit as we had our poor run of games and he lost some of his focus, but when put back into a partnership with Park in the last 5 games of the season looked like he could be getting back towards his best and ready to build for 2014.

Oh Chan Hyon

If Tsutsumi had a bit of an up and down time for the last 2 years at Avispa, Oh Chan Hyon has had an even more shaky time.

He got his debut early in 2012 and immediately started doing the most crazy pieces of skill to beat players as he pushed on in attack, and looked like if he could calm down a bit in defence he could be a very exciting player.

It then seemed he must have upset someone because despite us not having any right-backs for the 2nd half of the season he didn’t even make the bench and was loaned out to Nagasaki at the end of the season.

He was brought back to Avispa in the summer and looked like a different player. He got a chance due to our continued problems at right-back and while he kept the outstanding athletic attributes didn’t seem able to go forward any more.
Fairly solid at the back, while making some silly errors (he seemed to be the only person in Japan who didn’t realise it was a very bad idea to give Matsumoto Yamaga throw-ins near our penalty box) he will be a good squad player for right-back, I just hope we see some more of his crazy attacking at some point.

Chris Kinyo.
Arrived out of nowhere in the summer having lived in America and played for the Dusseldorf youth squads he is someone who has a lot of the tools needed to potentially do well.

Physically he looks the part, and while he doesn’t have incredible pace he does get around the pitch and has the height to add something to the game.
Can’t possibly have imagined his debut when he came into a game where we had 9 men on the pitch and Jogo in goal, but after being asked to play in defence he did it and acquitted himself well.

Really needs experience and time on the pitch, as the couple of times he has had games I’ve felt he was snatching at things a little bit and perhaps not showing everything he can do.
I think he is probably best served to aim as a box-to-box midfielder and as an area we are quite thin on he could well get a chance to show what he can do.
Having got another year contract the best thing he could do now is stay out for 20 minutes when training is finished and show the manager that he is ready and hungry for when the chance inevitable comes to pick someone to come into the team.

Posted December 25, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

A New President.   3 comments

Avispa today received a big Christmas present as news of the new President of the club was made public.
My understanding is that it still needs to go in front of an EGM in January, but that should just be a formality and we should now start to have the structure in place to start building for next season and beyond.

Who is the new President?

Atsushi Nomiyama.

He looks to be exactly what we need in being a real football man, and a Fukuoka boy.

Born in Iizuka he became linked to Sumitomo Metal in the days before the J-League, eventually becoming their coach.
From this he became closely linked with the start of Kashima Antlers at the dawn of the J-League, including during their glory years when Zico was at the club.

Success here led to links with the Japanese Football Association where he has been closely linked to the development of young players.

I don’t want to jump the gun here, but the same as when I was very pleased when we appointed Pusnik I would also say this looks like a very positive appointment.
I don’t feel the club needs or wants a rich sugar-daddy type owner who might bank-roll a few far-fetched schemes, but rather a real football man who understands the game and can see what Pusnik could potentially achieve if given the correct support.

His links to youth development are key for me as this is the main area where I feel Avispa need to move in, and with a CEO who has played the game and stayed involved in the game for nearly 35 years it may be exactly the man to establish a new, modern outlook in Japanese football.

Posted December 24, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

New Sponsorship   Leave a comment

Finally some of the office staff at Avispa seem to have woken up and we look to be heading into the new season with a few uniform sponsors.

Having spent 2 years (including a spell in J1) wondering why we are playing clubs who have 5-6 sponsors on their kit and we don’t even have a shirt front sponsor, it now looks like we’ll have a plethora of disparate sponsors in 2014.
It would be easy to draw the immediate coincidence with Otsuka leaving as club president, and suddenly lots of new sponsors arriving so I won’t mention it.

After firstly getting a Tokyo insurance company to write ‘Broad-minded’ across the shirt shoulders we now have what appears to be a company involved in growing strawberries in Itoshima to sponsor our shorts.
The company behind it seems to be called ‘Emotent’, and if it genuinely is an Itoshima strawberry farming company then I’m going to be trying to buy a lot of shorts and eating a lot of strawberries in the next year.

In addition to Broadminded and Emotent it has also been announced that Hakata fish-egg company Fukuya will continue their sponsorship of the shirt sleeve.
Avispa fans are not going to forget that during the time we had no other sponsors Fukuya maintained their sponsorship, and at our darkest moments last year and needing 50m yen to stay solvent it was Fukuya who continued to try and do promotions to keep money coming into the club.

Posted December 24, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

Kanamori joins the signed group.   Leave a comment

After Mishima a couple of days earlier the other Rookie from 2013 has completed the formalities of signing for 2014 with Takeshi Kanamori now confirmed.

As with Mishima I’m not surprised he has signed on; he has had a meteoric rise this season having come to the club from high school with few expectations when he signed.
There was considerable surprise when Pusnik threw him into the first team for the first game of the season, but his performances showed that the manager was correct in being confident in him and by the end of the season was one of our key players.

That came at the end of a season where he had also been called up to the Japan U-19 team, and then the Japan U-21 team, and after scoring in consecutive games around September finished the season with 6 goals.

It wasn’t all smooth for him as he was at one point substituted in the first half after making one too many ill advised dribbles in a bad area of the pitch, but rather than sulk about it he has improved his game and come back stronger.

I’m sure that for 2014 he will be setting himself a goal of scoring over 10 goals for the season, but I don7t believe this should be his main target.
We have seen with Ishizu in 2013 that just trying to score goals isn’t always what the team needs.
I hope that he replays the goal in the final game against Fagiano and realises that while his finish was great it was his interplay with Punosevac on the edge of the box which really marked him out as a potentially very good player.

Posted December 24, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

Who do we need?   Leave a comment

The off-season has so far been very quiet for Avispa as they try to sort out their Presidency, but when the new guy has been put in place we need to start moving quickly to fill the many gaps in the squad.
The players brought in last season were a disaster with only Park Gun having any success (Miyamoto and Funayama have already left, Mizutani crocked, Jang didn’t play a game, Kanakubo plays like a man who looks like he’s always looking for the closest mirror).
The players brought in the year before that have not done much better (Kihara, Okada, Nishida, Omata all gone, Koga an expensive liability, Oh left and came back) with only Sakata and Tsutsumi having any success, and for Tsutsumi that was only this season.

That means that from the players Jinno has brought to the club only 2 1/2 could be seen as positive signings for the club. 11 others have not been good enough, a 15% success rate for a club in financial difficulty isn’t good enough.
We need to get it right this year and get the right players for the right positions, not just something which looks like it might be good because Montedio or Omiya offer us 2 players at the same time.

To do this I will think about how I’d like us to line up for next season:

A fluid 433 formation.
We have been playing a style which allows the players to play in a fluid style and switch position and formation within the game depending on what is going on on the pitch. It is a difficult transition for the players, but something which if they watch a club like Bayern Munich can see is something top clubs in Europe are doing and have got better at as the season went on.

The forwards were much more successful in this transition, and it is looking at the defence where I believe we need to get a certain type of player in and build the same flexibility at the back.

While formations become less important while playing a flexible game (not quite total football, but with an element of it) I still think it is important to have a basic structure, where players understand what their role is for the start of games and times when we need some defensive solidity.

I believe this team should look like this…. (player names are those signed to the club or I hope to sign).
……………………Punosevac…………………
Sakata……………………………………Ishizu
…………..Nakahara………Jogo……………….
…………………..(??????)…………………..
(???)/Oh…….Tsutsumi……….Park………..Mishima
…………………..Kamiyama……………………

The obvious absence here is Kanamori who could play in one of the forward roles any time, and the big unknown is Jogo. Everyone else (Tsutsumi?) is fairly sure to be here I think.

The big positional change is with Shuto Nakahara no longer playing in his role between lines as the deepest midfielder, but is now pushed a little further forward.
Is style of play is much more of a regista-type creator, rather than a destroyer, and I think that he needs to be given more time to do this by taking away some of his destroying responsibilities.
He has good stamina, and in the second half of the season was hitting the edge of the box and taking shots, something I’d like to see more of.

By having a dedicated Makalele-type destroyer behind him (a Mascherano to his Alonso) it allows us the flexibility in defence which the forwards have already been quite successful with in 2013.
For much of the time I believe this formation would switch to something looking like a 4231 when we had possession of the ball as Jogo made himself available in and around the penalty area and with Nakahara then able to play between the lines of defence and midfield, and Jogo playing between midfield and attack it should open up space while knowing they have the defensive shield in place should possession be lost.

The biggest advantage for me in utilising this player is that it also frees up the full-backs. We have Mishima at right-back who wants to get forward, and will hopefully bring somebody else in to do the same on the left.
By having a dedicated defensive shield player then the 4xx formation can slide straight into a 343 as the full-backs are able to join the attack.

……….Sakata………….Punosevac………..Ishizu
(??)/Oh……..Nakahara……………….Jogo………………Mishima
………………..Tsutsumi…….(???????)……..Park..
………………………….Kamiyama

To make the formation work we need to have central defenders who are comfortable on the ball and able to provide a pass into midfield or the wing.
Too many times last season Nakahara was dropping deep to collect the ball from alonside the central defenders. This is a total waste of the player; all it means is that the passing of the defenders isn’t good enough.

The furthest back midfielder needs to play in space between lines, not as part of the back line when building attacks.
If he takes a player with him then that should leave a player free ahead of him (Jogo/Nakahara or one of the wingers in the model I wrote above).
If no player goes with him then he can collect the ball further up the pitch and look to play in a forward.
If the opposition team sit back and choose not to press the defender with the ball then the defender himself has time to conduct the play.
By Nakahara dropping back to standing alongside Tsutsumi or Park last season it is just allowing one player (usually a striker too) to press both players and leave midfield fully marked behind them.

So which players do I think we need?
So if I was the manager and was about to do all of the above then who do I need?

#1 – A defensive midfielder.
Biggest requirement is someone who can sit in front of the centre-backs, and drop back at times when the full-backs bomb on.
This is the one position where I would get some-one with a bit of experience. If it can be someone quite shouty and good at organising then that’s even better, maybe you could attract someone you couldn’t otherwise do by offering the captaincy.
I believe both Tsutsumi and Park could be very good at this role, but not now when they are needed at centre-back, and could have a season of watching someone else.

#2 – A left-back.
We made our right-back last year by showing Mishima’s versatility. We also tried it with Kanamori, but that isn’t going to work.
Oh did ok when asked to fill in at left-back, but we really need a dedicated left-back who can cross the ball and has the engine and pace to get up and down the line all game.

#3 – Central midfielders.
2, probably 3 if Jogo does leave, midfielders with pace, energy, and the ability to control and pass a ball.
Of these 1 should be able to go striaght into the team now and be one of our best players, the other 2 can be 20/21 year olds with the potential to get better.

#4 – A tall central defender.
We are doing ok at centre-back with Tsutsumi, Park, Koga, Kazuki, Hatamoto, but I would like one of Park or Tsutsumi to move up into this destroyer role at some point which leaves some gap at the back (especially as the back-up is Koga and Kazuki).

Posted December 23, 2013 by avispafukuoka in Opinion

Nishida went.   Leave a comment

It had previously been announced that Nishida wouldn’t have his contract renewed, but today the news has come through that he will be playing at Ehime FC next season.

I’m glad for the guy as he always tried his best, was great to have around the club, and definitely had some talent.
His biggest draw-back is a lack of first touch which it has always seemed to me as mainly down to a lack of concentration. He sometimes looks to be thinking about what he is going to do next before he has fully controlled the ball.

Despite being quite small he is primarily a hold-up, target striker who is more effective with his head and back to goal than he is running off the defender’s shoulder. His problem towards the end at Avispa was that he was competing in position and style with Punosevac, a guy who was 10cm taller than him (and with considerably defter touch).

It does seem odd to me, and probably says a lot about the insular structure of Japanese football directorship, that this is now the 4th striker (and 5th player) in 2 years to have gone from Avispa to Ehime.
I would say that Nishida Go is definitely a better player than Yutaka Takahashi and Osmar, but without the promise of Kentaro Shigematsu.

Shigematsu is a player I’d love to see back at Level-5, but seems to have gone totally off the rails. I believe he may have picked up a big injury at some point which is a shame as he looked a talent when he played for us in J1.

Posted December 21, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

A cautionary tale – Genki Nagasato   Leave a comment

There has been very little contract activity at Avispa so far this off-season as we try to sort out who is going to be President at the club next year, but elsewhere other J2 clubs have been busy.

A few transfers which catch the eye for me:

Daisuke Matsui to Jubilo Iwata – Obviously at the end of his career, but will be very interesting to see how he gets on; was once a very good player and still only 32.

Yosuke Mikami to Kataller Toyama – Someone at Toyama seems to be willing to go against the general model of Japanese football as they bring in a young player who might do OK, rather than a 31 year old who will do enough.

Tochigi lose Paulinho , Sabia and Cristiano – The cash strapped club lose their Captain on loan to Kawasaki, their striker to Yamaga and their best player as his loan ends. They may struggle next season.

Shonan bring in 7 University players – This is a club who have had financial problems and now understand you need to try and find the best young players.

Diego Souza to Montedio Yamagata – A Brazilian midfielder who has already played in Japan, and managed 21 goals in 43 games when he played for Kashiwa; could be one to watch.

Yasuaki Okamoto to Roasso Kumamoto – This guy walks into our first team. Maybe his knee isn’t perfect, and maybe going back to Kumamoto is a big draw, but we can’t wait too long to find players we need.

Desmond returns to Fujieda MYFC – He has all the physical attributes to be a really good J2 level central defender. I’d like to think that Pusnik could work to cut out the errors and give us an interesting option.

Of all the transfers the most interesting for me however has been our former player Genki Nagasato deciding to go overseas and try his luck in Thailand.

This is a guy who along with Nakamachi (currently #8 at nearly title winning Marinos) was our star player in the promotion season of 2010. He came to the club having floated around a little, but was given a starting spot for us and ended up scoring 15 goals from the wing as he cut into the box with the ball at his feet, and seemed to have a skill of getting to bouncing balls in the penalty box first.
The club started making merchandise for him, the supporters wrote a song, and it looked like he would be our key player in J1; but then he left the club under something of a cloud after criticizing how things were being done at the club on a management level.

At the time it turned him into a pantomime villain, and he has received a very bad reception at Level-5 every time he has returned, but he always seemed like a thoughtful guy to me and the events of last season suggest he may have been right in what he was saying.

After leaving Avispa his career went down-hill as he returned to being a substitute as Ventforet and FC Tokyo before moving to get first team football at Gainare Tottori.
It is a career that players like Ishizu, Kanakubo even Kanamori and Mishima should be looking at closely.
At some stage the agents of these players are going to suggest to move, that is their job and they make their money by players moving, but the reality is that if a move takes you to a club (even a big club) where you just end up sitting on the bench then it is almost always a bad idea.
Young players need to have games to develop their skills. Without games Mishima would never have developed his defending, Ishizu wouldn’t start thinking about when to pass, Kanakubo doesn’t start to think about his movement off the ball.

I’d love to know what Genki would do if he could go back to the winter of 2011, and maybe he would stay at a club which loved him and wanted to play him every week.
He is still a very good player, but one who has now been relegated from J2 and ended up moving to Thailand. Not to a club who will play in the ACL but one who finished 15th last season having been in the 3rd tier of Thai football 4 years ago.
He had previously had issues with missing his family but is now moving to a provincial town in Thailand?

Having said all of that if someone asked me if I would like Genki back at Avispa I think I’d say yes. 15 goals plus assists from the wing, 10 goals for a club who got relegated; he’d still be one of our best players.

Posted December 20, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News, Opinion