The Bundesliga has a great recent history of Japanese talent with the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki and Makoto Hasebe all impressing German fans. Alongside Hasebe, Eintracht Frankfurt look to have uncovered another raw talent from the Far East.
The loss of both Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller this summer and the ongoing speculation over Ante Rebic has caused Frankfurt fans some concern and given coach Adi Hütter plenty to think about as he plans his attacking options this season.
However, the Frankfurt trainer has found a solution involving a player sent out on loan last season- Daichi Kamada. In both the Adler’s first two league games, as well as in Europe, the Eintracht coach has put his faith in the 23-year-old Japanese playing behind a front two and been pleased with the outcome.
Kamada initially joined Frankfurt in June 2017 from J League side Sagan Tosu, but was sent out on a season-long to Belgium’s St. Truiden last season. Fifteen goals in 34 appearances were enough to awaken the faith of Adi Hütter and the versatile attacker has grabbed his chance this season.
He started (and scored Frankfurt’s first goal) in their 5-3 DFB Pokal win over Waldhof Mannheim as well as starting in the first leg of the Europa League qualifier against FC Vaduz. Both league games this season against Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig saw him in the first XI.
His display against Hoffenheim on the opening weekend was particularly impressive. His quick thinking corner led to Martin Hinteregger’s goal early on and he himself tested Oliver Baumann with a couple of testing shots. His direct dribbling and close control in tight spaces were also a noteworthy aspect of his game.
Following another impressive display for Eintracht in their midweek Europa League win over Strasbourg, both compatriot Hasebe and trainer Hütter singled him out for praise.
“Kamada has been in excellent form so far. He has developed very well in Belgium. His future shines very brightly,” Hasebe told Fussball.news on Thursday evening. “Daichi played a great game. But he can still develop further,” Hütter added.
The season in Belgium has clearly done the Japanese international the world of good and after going almost completely under the radar in his first year at the Commerzbank Arena (just 3 appearances), he is now like a new signing for the Eagles.
The youngster has areas to work on (keeping possession and physicality), but the early indications this season are that Adi Hütter rates him and he will get the opportunity to make the role behind Rebic/ Paciencia/ Joveljic/ Dost/ Gacinovic his own.
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