Japanese players should follow in Shinji Kagawa’s footsteps, Ryo Miyaichi
Arsenal’s forgotten winger Ryo Miyaichi hopes Japanese players can “bring excitement” to the English Premier League. Ryo Miyaichi also stated that his teammate, the new Manchester United signing, Shinji Kagawa was extremely underrated.
Ryo Miyaichi believes Shinji Kagawa will play an important role in Manchester United’s success in the future. Ryo Miyaichi admitted that he was excited to see his compatriot perform under a Manchester United jersey this season.
Manchester United is thought to have inked a £12 million transfer deal for the Borussia Dortmund ace, Shinji Kagawa. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder, Shinji Kagawa performed brilliantly for Borussia Dortmund last season. Shinji Kagawa’s sensational form helped Borussia Dortmund record a double last season.
Due to his superb performance in Bundesliga, some experts believe Shinji Kagawa could have been signed in for as much £17 million. Shinji Kagawa has cleared Manchester United’s medical test but the youngster is still in the process of obtaining a UK work permit.
Shinji Kagawa scored 17 goals and provided 13 assists in 43 games last season. His impressive form was one of the main reasons Borussia Dortmund acquired their first double in 102 years.
Ryo Miyaichi, who played for the relegated Bolton Wanderers last season, longs for more action in the English Premier League. Ryo Miyaichi reckons that the future of Japanese players in the English Premier League depends upon Shinji Kagawa’s performance this season.
“It would be great if us Japanese players could bring excitement to the Premier League together,” Ryo Miyaichi said in an interview this week.
“I want to follow his lead. By learning what he is good at, such as playing in small spaces, I would like to become a better player.”
The captain of the Japanese national team, Hasebe Makoto expressed similar sentiments.
“When I was a child, Japanese players only moved to big clubs in cartoons,” Hasbe Makoto said. “It would be nice if more Japanese kids wanted to be like Shinji.”
In spite of all the hype, Shinji Kagawa wants to keep the expectations running low. Shinji Kagawa insists that right now all of his focus was directed towards international matters. Japan will face Jordan and Australia for the World Cup qualifiers in the upcoming weeks.
“I am yet to sign the contract (with Manchester United),” Shinji Kagawa informed through Soccer King. “For now, I need to focus on the final qualifiers so we can get good results against Jordan and Australia.”