2 – Yuta Mishima   Leave a comment

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Name : Yuta Mishima

Position : Right-back / Right-midfield

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A product of the Avispa U-18 team he came into the squad with little fanfare in the 2013 season. Listed as a right-midfielder he was a small, wiry kid who looked like he had quick feet and might pick up a couple of substitute performances during the season.

Partly through the necessity of not really having many options at right-back, and partly through having hired a manager in Marijan Pusnik who had the experience and bravery to spot and try something new he was asked to fill in at right-back.

There were a few problems defensively as you would expect from a young guy playing a new position but as the season went on he showed he had the stamina to play the position, and more than that had an excellent mental toughness as opposition teams tried to target him.

By the end of the season he had become one of our key players with his runs forward, and been rewarded for his endeavors with a call-up to the Japan U-20 team.

Posted February 8, 2014 by avispafukuoka

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