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Who are the promising youngsters in the J-League? Here are 10 players and their characteristics.

There are many young players in the J-League. There are a lot of young players in the J-League, and many people want to know which ones are the most promising. In this article, we will introduce you to some of the hottest young players in the J-League. We’ve also explained their notable playing styles, so please take a look.

Who are the most promising young players in the J-League?

Here are 10 of the most promising young players in the J.League.

In conclusion, the following five players are the most promising young players in the J-League.

  • Ayumu Seko (Cerezo Osaka)
  • Ryuya Nishio (Cerezo Osaka)
  • Ryotaro Araki (Kashima Antlers)
  • Takahiro Akimoto (Urawa Reds)
  • Zion Suzuki (Urawa Reds)
  • Daiki Matsuoka (Shimizu S-Pulse)
  • Shinya Nakano(Sagan Tosu)
  • Shion Homma(Albirex Niigata)
  • Yuta Matsumura (Kashima Antlers)
  • Jun Nishikawa (Cerezo Osaka)

Here are 10 players who are likely to be involved in overseas transfers and the Japanese national team in the future.

Let’s take a look at each of them.

Ayumu Seko

Ayumu seko
Date of birth June 7, 2000 (age 21)
Height 185cm
Weight 72kg
Position DF

The first player is Ayumu Seko, who belongs to Cerezo Osaka.

He started playing J1 games in 2019 and became the team’s main center back in 2020. Due to his success, he also received the New Hero Award in the Lewin Cup and the Best Young Player Award in the league.

He was selected for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, although he did not play in any games.

He is already a household name among J-League fans and is expected to play an active role overseas.

Points of interest

Seko’s main point of interest is not only his defensive ability, but also his build-up ability when attacking. In particular, his long feeds from both feet are of very high quality and can be said to be synonymous with Seko.

In the 2021 FIFA World Cup match against Shimizu, he created a chance with his accurate feed, which was featured as a remarkable play by the J-League. Also, in March 2021, Seko’s long pass assisted a goal in the U24 Japan national team match against Argentina.

His defensive abilities are also generally high, and he has excellent situational judgment. He is a player of high ability to begin with, but his ability has been further refined by playing under coach Rotina, who has a reputation for positional play.

Accurate kicks and stable defense are two things to look out for.

Sorare sells limited, rare, super rare, and unique cards, and although he is only 20 years old, he is still active as a center back of Cerezo along with the second player, Ryuya Nishio. I’m sure the cards will be worth a lot more in the future!

Ryuya Nishio

ryuya nishio
Date of birth June 7, 2000 (age 21)
Height 180cm
Weight 77kg
Position DF

The second player is Ryuya Nishio, who belongs to Cerezo Osaka.

He is a center back in his second year as a professional, and is a member of the Paris Olympics generation.

He didn’t play in the 2020 Rotina system, but in 2021, he was a starter from the opening day. He sometimes dropped out of the starting lineup, but since the new coach Kogiku took over, he has been paired with fellow academy graduate Seko.

Points of interest

Nishio’s strength against opponents and his ability to sense danger are the main points of interest.

In terms of opponents, he handles confrontations with a calmness that is hard to believe he made his J1 debut in 2021. For example, he has the strength to face strong foreign players such as Leandro Damian of Kawasaki and Diego Oliviera of FC Tokyo.

What is more remarkable is his ability to sense danger. For example, he cleared a shot with his face just before the goal line in the 2021 match against FC Tokyo. In another game against Kobe, he prevented a decisive chance from Douglas with his desperate return.

He has also played at right back and left back for the team, so he may be able to develop his utility skills in the future.

Sorare sells limited, rare, super rare, and unique cards, and although he is only 20 years old, he is playing an active role as a center back of Cerezo with Ayumu Seko. I hope to see the price rise in the future.

Ryotaro Araki

Araki ryotaro
Date of birth January 29, 2002 (age 19)
Height 170cm
Weight 60kg
Position MF

The third player is Ryotaro Araki, who belongs to Kashima Antlers.

He is a second year professional midfielder, and like Nishio, he is a member of the Paris Olympics generation.

After graduating from Higashi Fukuoka High School, he joined Kashima Antlers and scored two goals in 26 games in his first year as a professional.

In his first year as a professional, he scored two goals in 26 games, and in the 2021 season, he had nine goals and seven assists as of the end of the 32nd game.

If he were to increase his goal tally to 10, he would become only the second player in J-League history to do so, and the first in 27 years.

He is the heart and soul of the team, as some Kashima supporters say they are Araki’s team.

Points of Interest

Araki’s skills, such as his touch on the ball and dribbling, are noteworthy.

He can do everything to a high standard, so he can not only cut in and break through on his own, but also work well with his teammates.

In the 2020/14 match against Nagoya, he scored a goal that was a combination of individual skill and coordination: double touch, one-two with a teammate, and a shot.

He also has good trap placement, so watch out when the ball is played to Araki in the vital area near the penalty area.

For example, the equalizing goal against Hiroshima in 2021 and the second goal against Tokushima were goals that came from great traps.

When watching Araki, please pay attention to the above techniques.

Sorare sells limited, rare, super rare, and unique cards, and although he is only 19 years old, he has been consistently playing in matches as a starter, so the value of his cards will surely go up in a few years.

Takahiro Akimoto

Takahiro Akimoto
Date of birth January 31, 1998 (age 23)
Height 170cm
Weight 65kg
Position DF, MF, FW

The fourth player is Takahiro Akimoto, who belongs to Urawa Reds.

After graduating from Kokushikan University, he joined Tochigi SC of J2. He has been playing for Urawa Reds since the 2021 season, his second year as a professional.

During his time in Tochigi, he played in 40 games (starting 38 of them) in his first year as a professional, and scored 7 goals with 8 assists.

As of the end of the 31st week of the 2021 season, he has played in all 31 games for the Urawa Reds, starting in 27 of them, making him an indispensable asset.

Points of Interest

Akimoto’s main point of interest is his overwhelming utility. Utility refers to the ability to play multiple positions.

Originally, he played at the top of the lineup or in the second row, and even in Tochigi, he mostly played up front. At Urawa Reds, however, he has been used not only in the top and second rows, but also as the first left back, and as of the end of the 31st season, he has started 14 games at left back and 13 games in the second row and top. At the end of the season, he had played 14 games at left back and 13 games in the second row or up top. As the season progressed, he played more and more at left back, but he also scored a goal up top against Tosu in game 24.

His style of play is characterized by high physical ability, stamina, and a strong left foot. Although his main job is to play up front, his ability can be seen in the fact that he is the first choice left back.

As you can see, Akimoto is a player to watch, as he can play full-time as a left back, move up to the top, or start up front.

Sorare sells limited, rare, and super rare cards, and since he is consistently playing in games as a starter as well, I think there is a possibility that he will be called up to the national team in a few years.

Zion Suzuki

Zion Suzuki
Date of birth August 21, 2002 (age 19)
Height 190cm
Weight 91kg
Position GK

The fifth player is Zion Suzuki, a goalkeeper for Urawa Reds.

She was promoted from Urawa’s youth team to the top flight, and made her official J1 debut in 2021, starting in 15 matches in the 2021 season, including 6 matches at the end of the 31st season and 9 matches in the Levein Cup. In the 2021 season, he has started 15 games, six at the end of 31 games and nine in the Levein Cup, keeping clean sheets in four of the six league games. At one point, he pushed guardian god Shusaku Nishikawa to the bench, and he is a player with very high expectations.

He is also a member of the Paris Olympics generation, but his performance in the league was recognized and he was selected for the Tokyo Olympics.

Points of Interest

Suzuki’s main point of interest is his shot-stopping ability. Because of his high physical ability, he often reacts instantly and makes big saves. For example, in the game against Kobe in the 15th round, he saved a close shot by Iniesta, and in the game against Sendai in the 13th round, he saved a middle shot by Martinos with one hand.

He also has a high level of kicking ability and situational judgment.

In the game against Nagoya, he punched an early cross towards the goal with one hand.

He is only 19 years old, so we can expect more growth from this goalkeeper.

Sorare sells limited cards, rare cards, super rare cards, and unique cards. Currently, the situation continues to warm the bench, but I think it is certain to become a regular in a few years, so the price of the card is sure to soar.

Daiki Matsuoka

松岡大起
Date of birth June 1, 2001 (age 20)
Height 170cm
Weight 65kg
Position MF

The sixth player is Daiki Matsuoka from Shimizu S-Pulse. He registered as a second-class player with Sagan Tosu in his sophomore year of high school in 2018, was promoted to the top division in 2019, and played as a mainstay of the team until the summer of 2021, when he made a surprise move to Shimizu S-Pulse and became a pillar of the team. Matsuoka was one of the key players in Sagan Tosu’s breakthrough in the 2021 season. Matsuoka was one of the key players in Sagan Tosu’s breakthrough in the 2021 season, so the transfer of such a major player caused a lot of excitement among fans.

Points of interest

Matsuoka’s main points of interest are his ball-taking ability and his ability to sense danger.

As of November 2021, his average number of tackles per game was 2.5, ranking 23rd in the league. He is also 23rd in the league in interceptions with 0.3 per game. His defensive ability as a volleyball player is one of the best in the league, despite being a young player.

In the eighth game of the 2021 season against Kawasaki, he cleared an opponent’s decisive shot just before the goal line.

In addition to his defensive skills, he is also a good passer and contributes to the team in the build-up with his vertical passes. He is a versatile volleyball player with good defensive skills.

Sorare has rare, super rare, and unique cards for sale. Depending on his performance, the price of his cards is expected to skyrocket next season. This is a player you should definitely keep an eye on.

Shinya Nakano

中野伸哉
Date of birth August 17, 2003 (age 18)
Height 173cm
Weight 64kg
Position DF

The seventh player is Shinya Nakano, a member of Sagan Tosu. In July 2021, he signed a professional contract as a third-year high school student, and has been playing as a mainstay of the team. He played in the opening game of the 2021 season at the age of 17, which is the youngest player to play in the opening game of a J-League season. He played in the opening game of the 2021 season at the age of 17, the youngest player to play in the opening game of a J-League season.

Points of interest

Nakano’s main point of interest is his highly accurate crosses. In fact, Nakano can use both feet as if they were his dominant foot. In the third game of 2021 against Sendai, Nakano’s left-footed cross was assisted to score the fourth goal.

Nakano’s left-footed cross assisted the fourth goal against Sendai in the third game of 2021. In the 2020 season, he played 7 of the 10 games he started as a left back. In the 2020 season, he started seven of his first ten games as a left back, but in the 2021 season, he started more often as part of a back three, i.e. as a CB. The fact that he is being used in multiple positions in the defense is a testament to his ability.

In March 2021, he was also selected as a member of the selection committee for the Tokyo Olympics. Although she was not selected for the main competition, she is definitely a player to watch out for.

Sorare doesn’t sell the card yet, but when it does, it will definitely be a hotly contested issue. If you are interested in him, you should follow him while you still can.

Shion Homma

本間至恩
Date of birth August 9, 2000 (age 21)
Height 169cm
Weight 59kg
Position MF

The eighth player is Shion Honma from Albirex Niigata. He made his debut in the J-League in the 2017 Lewin Cup and the J2 in 2018, and has been a mainstay of the team since 2019.

Points of interest

Honma’s main point of interest is his dribbling. His dribbling speed is fast, and he has the ability to take a shot and create chances. A dribbler may have an egoistic image, but Honma is more like a player who uses his weapon for the team. Instead of repeatedly dribbling for no reason, he makes the right pass at the right time to his teammates and has excellent judgment.

He is not only a good dribbler, but also a good shooter, and his mid-range shot against Mito in the seventh game of the 2020 season was selected as the goal of the month.

His defensive awareness is also an attraction. Since Alberto took over as manager of Albirex Niigata, he has been praised by fans for his defensive abilities.

For example, when he loses the ball, he immediately starts pressing, which shows his high defensive awareness.

He is currently in J2, but just like Shinji Kagawa’s move from J2 to Bundesliga, Honma might be leaving directly for overseas.

The cards are not yet available at Sorare, but when they are, they will definitely be a hotly contested item. If you’re interested, I suggest you follow them while you can.

Yuta Matsumura

松村優太
Date of birth April 13, 2001 (age 20)
Height 173cm
Weight 63kg
Position MF

The ninth player is Yuta Matsumura from Kashima Antlers. After graduating from Shizuoka Gakuen High School, Matsumura joined Kashima Antlers in 2020. He played 13 league games in the 2020 season, and although he didn’t score a goal in his first year, he scored his first league goal in his second year against FC Tokyo in the 13th game of the 2021 season.

Points of Interest

Matsumura’s main point of interest is his speed and how he uses that speed to dribble. Matsumura is a dribbler, but he is not the type of player who uses fine technique to get past. He is a dribbler, but he is not the type of player who uses fine techniques to get past others. Although it was not a dribbling scene, in a match against Tosu in the 15th game of 2021, he slipped through a gap in the opponent with instantaneous speed and scored a goal. So when Matsumura has the ball in a one-on-one, keep an eye out for his speed.

The price of the card is still low on Sorare, but it will definitely go up depending on his future activities. If you are interested in it, I recommend you follow it while you can.

Jun Nishikawa

西川 潤
Date of birth February 21, 2002 (age 19)
Height 180cm
Weight 70kg
Position FW・MF

The tenth player is Jun Nishikawa from Cerezo Osaka. He was selected for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, and Barcelona is reportedly interested in him. His potential is remarkable.

Points of Interest

Nishikawa’s main point of interest is his high sense of attack. His dribbling, passing, shooting and touch are all of a high level, and he is a commanding player who can do his own work. His goal against Kashiwa in the 10th round of the 2020 FIFA World Cup was a soft one-touch finish that showed his high level of skill. At the club, he can play in several attacking positions, including up top, on the side of the second row, and in the middle.

He also has high physical abilities such as height and speed, making him more than just a skilled player. Due to several injuries and hitting a wall as a professional, he has yet to achieve great results with his club. However, he has the potential to play well if he fits in with the team, and he is playing more and more games every year. He is a player who is sure to make his next breakthrough.

The price of the card is still low on Sorare, but it will definitely go up depending on his future success. If you are interested, I recommend that you follow while you can.

Conclusion

In this article, I introduced 10 promising young players in the J-League.

The interesting thing about the J-League is that there are highly talented players not only in J1 but also in J2.

When you watch a J-League game, please pay attention to their activities.

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