Avispa Fukuoka 0 : 1 Tokyo Verdy
I’m not going to bother writing another match report. just read the 2 for the last couple of matches, or the Yokohama match 3 weeks ago, it is exactly the same.
We have a team who can move the ball around, but a forward line entirely devoid of threat or creativity and who can’t score a goal. As the defence gets more and more desperate with the lack of goals up front we get caught at the back and lose the game.
It means that we have gone from a team pushing the edge of the play-offs to a team which will be lucky to finish in the top half.
So yeah, we’re shit, nothing new, and there is nothing more that I can write on the subject which I didn’t write for the last match or the one before.
What I can do is comment on one particular thing…
Open letter to Hisashi Jogo.
I am not a Fukuoka native. I am not paid by the club to cheer your name regardless of your performance. I don’t care that your family sit in the crowd.
The only thing I will assess you on is how you perform on the pitch.
After the Oita game you openly complained about where you were playing on the pitch. I have just watched a game where you have touched the ball no more than 10 times in the entire match.
I have never been your biggest fan despite the hysteria in the stadium, and am being proved right this season. When playing as striker you wait for the ball as the worst kind of luxury player, and when eventually it does bounce your way you are a 1 in 5 striker at best.
I’ve seen your goals. Yes, you scored from the half-way line against Yamaga 3 years ago. I saw you have a bicycle kick dis-allowed against Gamba 4 years ago. I saw you play in goal against Kumamoto. These things alone don’t make you bigger than the club.
During this match today Taku Ushinohama achieved more in 15 minutes than you did in 90, and this is from a player who you probably look down upon.
Stop listening to whoever it is that is telling you that you are a striker. You aren’t.
Play in a position which makes the ball come onto you, and forces you to play. Midfield, right-back, right wing-back; any of these is a position which means you can influence a game. Maybe your agent/family/fans are telling you to play as striker. Watch the tape of today’s game back again and see how bad you were.
2ch is talking (for the first time in my memory) about how there is an element of ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ about your game. As with all cults the ‘Cult of Jogo’ is not indefinite. Have a look at Wayne Rooney (a player you can only dream to be), and how the Manchester United fans and manager are now saying he has to move back into midfield.