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I’d been looking at the squad and thinking we probably had enough to cover all the positions on the pitch, and may not be seeing any new players coming in. Not so much because we were well covered, but because we would be able to core and have our well-publicised financial problems.

In fact we’ve had 2 players come in from j1 clubs, both in their mid-twenties and again looking like they have the potential for being decent players.

Shoki Hirai
A player who looks like he could do very well for us.
At one point he was one of the bright young talents of Japanese football playing striker for the U20 team, scoring 14 goals in a top division season for Gamba, and a hattrick in the champion’s league.

His career has tailed off quite a bit since that point, going out on loan to Niigata before being released this season.
He will hopefully be eager to get things back on track at Avispa and get his form back with a run in the first team.

Our attack was actually one of our stronger areas, but at 180cm he is a decent size and maybe a bit different to what we already have.
I also think it points to Jogo maybe playing in the central midfield spot I’ve been hoping for.

Ejiro Takeda
We had a big gap at left back a week ago but have now got Abe and Takeda as players on loan who can play there.

Having started as a Marinos youth player he went to University and returned to Yokohama only to be sent out on loan.

After first going to JEF he was at Tottori last year getting over 25 games at this level in each season.
Yokohama think enough of him to still be wanting to only go out on loan, rather than let him totally leave.

Our strategy will be hugely helped by a full back with pace who can cross so I suspect him and Abe will be being looked at closely in training and the first team pick will be made from that.

Posted January 12, 2014 by avispafukuoka in News

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