After the rumoros that one old boy might be coming back as Hokuto Nakamura was linked yesterday, there was news of 2 more old boys who might be coming back.
Generally I don’t mind old players coming back, and think players like Yusuke Tanaka and Genki Nagasato could be really good for us, but the names linked last night were very underwhelming.
Firstly there was a link to our former left-back Alex http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Ant%C3%B4nio_de_Melo_Santos who was good for us as a left winger in 2007 (he scored a barely believable 26 goals!), and has since moved back to left-back. He is a player who would have been great for us 2 years ago when he signed for Tokushima and helped them get promotion, but he will be 32 at the start of the season and isn’t really a very forward-thinking transfer.
As with Hokuto it is another player who will walk in and command a certain amount of respect which is clearly something the club are looking for with some of the players we are being linked with.
Then we were linked with former midfield dunce Suzuki Jun, who after ‘helping us’ to an 18th place finish in his last season here then jumped ship to Tokyo Verdy where he went even better and helped them to finish 20th last year.
I thought it was some sort of joke, probably started by his agent, because in addition to being useless on the pitch he is quite widely hated by the fans after celebrating wildly when Tokyo beat us in 2013 having left the club after our worst ever season.
The joke was on me because by lunch-time today the club had announced that it was official that he was coming back.
I have absolutely no idea what they are thinking. The first player to come into the club from outside is awful, and disliked by the fans.
Nothing will surprise me with this club any more, after being optimistic about maybe getting a midfiield for the first time in 5 years we have signed Suzuki Jun.
If he walks back in and gets the #8 shirt and starts being cheered by the ‘Ultras’it’ll be even harder to take than their adulation of ‘King’ Jogo,
Here is what he had to say for himself when he came back…
“To everyone involved with Avispa Fukuoka, this is Suzuki Jun.
It has been 2 years since I transefrred away from Avispa Fukuoka in 2012. During this time the results have not been what I would have liked but I have experienced and learned a lot of things which has made it an important part of my footballing life.
Thinking of all the people who have supported me during my time as a professional I will try to take advantage of this experience and carry the Avispa emblem with joy and start again from zero at the club.
Thank you for your support.”