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

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