Position : Striker
DOB : 9 Mar 1980
Height : 1.90m
Weight : 84kg
Nickname : Jumbo
Jumbo was the talisman for Avispa for 3 seasons and in 2008 and 2009 was a genuinely threatening striker at J2 level, scoring goals for the club when few other people were.
A huge favourite with the fans he had his own song and radio show, and was clearly very popular with his team-mates with his eccentric personality. Unfortunately the 2010 season wasn’t a good one for him and a loss of form mid-season saw him dropped from the starting XI for the first time in his Avispa career.
He is a one-dimensional striker getting most of his goals from his head playing in an obvious target man role, which in turn can make the team he plays for one-dimensional as they launch balls up to his head.
I wasn’t surprised that he was released at the end of 2010 after the lacklustre season he had just endured, but also knew that he would be able to get a new club very easily.
I was surprised that the club which ended up picking him up was a J1 club, Montedio Yamagata; and a expect him to struggle at that level.