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.