The J.League is home to a wide range of promising young players, from high school graduates to university graduates. In the J.League, there are many promising young players, from high school graduates to university graduates, and many people want to know more about these players and the Paris Olympics generation. In this article, we will introduce you to some of the most promising young players of the Paris Olympics generation.
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Who are the most promising young players in the J.League?
Here are five of the most promising young players of the Paris Olympics generation.
- Yuito Suzuki
- Shota Fujio
- Joel Chima Fujita
- Mao Hosoya
- Hiroto Yamami
Let’s take a look at their profiles and points of interest.
|Date of birth||October 25, 2001 (age 20)|
The first player is Yuito Suzuki, who belongs to Shimizu S-Pulse. After graduating from Funabashi High School, Suzuki joined Shimizu S-Pulse in 2020, and although he didn’t score any goals in the 2020 season, he played 30 league games for the club. Despite not scoring a goal in the 2020 season, he has played 30 league games for Shimizu S-Pulse and has become a key member of the team.
Points of interest
Suzuki’s technique is one of the most impressive in the world. He has a fine touch on the ball, which allows him to keep the ball in tight areas. Even when he is surrounded by opponents, he is able to dribble his way through and create chances for his team.
In the 25th game of the 2021 season against Shonan Bellmare, he dribbled forward despite being surrounded by three or four defenders and scored a super goal with a looping header.
It is sometimes said that his decision-making ability is an issue, but in other words, there is room for him to improve. He has the potential to become an unstoppable force. He is a chance-maker who deserves to be watched.
|Date of birth||May 2, 2001 (age 20)|
The second player is Shota Fujio, who plays for Mito Hollyhock. Shota Fujio was promoted from Cerezo Osaka’s youth team to the top flight in 2020, and has been with Mito Hollyhock on loan since the summer of 2021, and was selected for the U-22 squad in October 2021, scoring two goals against Hong Kong. In October 2021 he was selected for the U-22 squad and scored two goals against Hong Kong. He is a promising youngster who will compete in the Paris Olympics generation.
Points of interest
Fujio is characterised by his ability as a striker. Firstly, his height of 180cm allows him to play well at the post, keeping the ball out of the reach of the opposition. He may look slender at first glance, but his use of his body and his ability to control the ball allow him to fend off opposition defenders.
He also has a great eye for goal. In the 27th match of the 2021 season against Niigata, he was free in the penalty area and reacted to a sudden ball to score a goal.
But above all, Fujio’s aggression is part of his charm. For example, Fujio scored his first goal on his J1 debut against Urawa Reds in the 14th match of the 2020 season. He scored his first goal on his J1 debut, against Urawa Reds on the 14th day of the 2020 season, into an empty net. The goal was scored after Fujio made a fierce chase at the opposing keeper and won the ball. As of November 2021, Fujio is averaging 2.3 shots per game, which is 9th in the J2 League. All of this shows how aggressive Fujio is.
When watching Fujio play, it is advisable to pay attention to the striker element of his game.
Joel Chima Fujita
|Date of birth||February 16, 2002 (age 19)|
The third player is Joel Chima Fujita, who plays for Tokushima Vortis. A product of Tokyo Verdy’s youth system, he was promoted to the top flight in 2019 and played 41 games for Tokyo Verdy in 2020. His performances earned him a full transfer to Tokushima Vortis in 2021. In 2021 he moved to Tokushima Vortis, where he is currently playing in the J1. He often plays as an anchor or central half.
Points of interest
The first thing to notice about Fujita is his ability to win the ball.
When defending, he often shakes his head to check his surroundings and adjusts his positioning accordingly. He also has the stamina to run for the whole 90 minutes, and his ability to take the ball away has led some fans to liken him to France’s Engolo Kante.
He is also a very good passer. He has the one-touch, two-touch ability needed for a midfielder. It is said that players who come from Tokyo Verdy’s youth team are highly skilled, and Fujita is one of them.
His ability to win the ball and pass the ball has helped him to become one of the top performers in J2 in the 2020 season, despite being only 18 at the time. The skills he developed at Verdy, the Spanish positional skills he learnt at Tokushima and the physicality of his Nigerian father all add up to a player who is set to become one of the best in the world. Fujita is one of those players whose development we can only look forward to seeing more of.
|Date of birth||September 7, 2001 (age 20)|
The fourth player is Hosoya, who plays for Kashiwa Reysol. He made his debut for Kashiwa Reysol in 2019 as a second-grade player and was promoted to the first team in 2020. Kashiwa supporters have high hopes for this Paris Olympics generation striker.
Points of interest
Hosoya’s strengths lie in his movement and breakaways. He is not just a line breaker, but can also move diagonally to create an effective starting point. He also has a strong core, which will allow him to work in the post.
In the 28th game of the 2021 season against FC Tokyo, he scored by getting through the defence and reacting to a long pass from his team-mate. He also scored against Kobe in the 23rd game of the season, running in front of goal to free himself and shoot.
Kashiwa have seen a number of key players leave the club over the course of the season, including Olunga and Esaka. If Hosoya is able to secure a place in the squad, he will be able to develop further as a striker.
|Date of birth||August 16, 1999 (age 22)|
The fifth player is Hiroto Yamami, who plays for Gamba Osaka. He actually became a Specially Designated Player in August 2021, so he won’t officially start his professional career until the 2022 season. He plays for Gamba as well as for his club, Kansei Gakuin University.
Points of interest
Yamami’s first and foremost point of interest is his shooting ability, which saw him score on his J.League debut against Shimizu S-Pulse in the 24th match of the 2021 season. He scored on his J.League debut against Shimizu S-Pulse in the 24th match of the 2021 season, cutting in from the right flank and shooting midway with his non-dominant left foot.
In addition, when Yamami was a first year student at Kansei Gakuin University, he scored the final goal in the Emperor’s Cup match against Gamba Osaka, which Kwansei Gakuin won 2-1. Yamami scored the final goal in a 2-1 win for Kwansei Gakuin University in the Emperor’s Cup against Gamba Osaka, cutting in from the left flank and firing a right-footed shot into the middle, the reverse of his first professional goal. As you can see from these two goals, Yamami has a great sense of shooting.
He also has a good way of receiving the ball. In the above two goals, he was able to shoot the ball by being free or receiving the ball as if he was free. He also scored a left-footed goal against Cerezo Osaka in the Lewin Cup. There was a defender in front of me, but I trapped him in a position where I could shoot immediately, so I was able to shoot at a good tempo.
As above, Yamami is a player with a good sense of shooting, please pay attention to that.
How was it? Japan’s development is varied, so there are some high school graduates and youth players, even college graduates have interesting players. Also, except for Yamami, the rest are of the Paris Olympics generation. The more you know about the players, the more you will enjoy watching the games.