Tsutsumi and Nakahara   Leave a comment

No big surprise but Tsutsumi and Nakahara have both renewed their contracts for another season.

It suits everyone. Nakahara is a decent youngish midfielder who will continue to get games and get better here. Tsutsumi is an under-achieving central defender who will be given lots of chances to start performing because we don’t have any other options and the fans have seen that he can do it when he is switched on.

Shunsuke Tsutsumi Has all the physical and technical ability to be the best defender in the division, but is unfortunately not very well equipped mentally.
It seems to be an issue of application rather than intelligence, but any time that the club look to him to take the step up for the team he goes missing. In times when we are up against it (like after a red card, or up against a top team) he is able to raise his game and take control, but in other times, when we still need him to perform and improve the performance of those around him then he doesn’t seem able to motivate himself or stay concentrated.
I really hope that he takes this season to become the player he could be, but he will need to have someone playing alongside him in a set defensive pair (or 3) and build communication and resolve.

Shuto Nakahara A bit of a paradox in that he was one of our better players last season, but plays in a position where we really need to get new players.
The problem will then be that I don’t really see where he fits into the team. He isn’t god enough defensively to sit furthest back, he isn’t dynamic enough to go box-to-box, he doesn’t look to pass forward enough to direct the play and his long shooting is appalling.
Of those things I think he could become a much better player if he starts to think that every time he makes a pass he needs to make it forwards. There is no point in him going back to stand next to Tsutsumi to get the ball, just to pass it back to him. It means that he gets good statistics for passing, and pass completion, but it achieves nothing. If he is dropping back to get the ball it needs to be to turn and pass forwards, not simply to hold the ball and pass it again.
He must also work on his shooting. I can’t believe he is actually as bad as he seems in games (genuinely I would do a better job with shots at goal than he does, firing them 25m high and wide) but is probably snatching at shots under pressure and just needs to calm down a bit.

With the players now signed for the season we can start to look at the team a little. I have no idea what formation we are likely to play, but here is how we could look in a fairly straight-forward 433 (I think Ihara will try to stick to what he knows with a flat-back 4, and I don’t believe you can succeed in J2 with 2 in the middle unless you played a very direct game).

………………………xxxxxxxx………………….

Mitsunaga……………………………….Ushinohama

………………………Sakata…………………………..

…………Suzuki……………….Nakahara……………..

Hokuto…….Tsutsumi…..xxxxx……Mishima

……………………Kamiyama…………………………

This team would be ok already in the division, even without the 12 more players who will be announced in the next week.

What it does show is that we really need a high quality central defender and striker.

The formation as I’ve written it places a lot of emphasis on the central striker as all of the attacks will be focused through that 1 player, whether that is crosses from the wings aiming for him or holding the ball up to allow Sakata and the wing players to play off him.
By virtue of that it would need to be someone quite big, and that basically means someone who isn’t Japanese (or Jumbo if we really are obsessed with this route of trying to bring back everyone who has played for the team previously (or Hirayama)).

Posted December 31, 2014 by avispafukuoka in Uncategorized

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