Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Squirrel Sensation: Daigo Set To Quit?

The Yomiuri Shimbun are reporting that Ardija midfield star Daigo Kobayashi is set to travel to Europe on Wednesday for talks that could result in his departure from Omiya. While his team-mates head for their pre-season training camp on Guam, the Yomiuri indicate that Daigo will be heading to the chillier climes of Norway, after the Squirrels received an offer from the Stabaek club, who won the Norwegian championship for the first time at the end of 2008.

Stabaek are therefore due to play in the Champions League starting in the autumn but prior to then will be preparing for the opening of their brand new 15,600 capacity stadium and for the start of the 2009 Norwegian league season. They will do this without two of their stars from last year, Icelandic striker Veigar Páll Gunnarsson and Brazilian wide player Alanzinho having been sold to Nancy in France and Turkish giants Trabzonspor respectively. Alanzinho was recently described by Stabaek's president as "the most valuable player in the Norwegian Premier Division" and the fee paid by Trabzonspor was reported as being around 4 million euros.

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7 comments:

Omiya Fan,  28 January 2009 at 08:37  

Can I swear?

Omiya Fan,  28 January 2009 at 14:19  

Best Goal aren't taking it well - understandably. I'd be happy if we got Ienaga from Gamba. We must have money to spend and we have to replace our most creative player.
Bugger!

steve,  28 January 2009 at 20:17  

I'm in shock.

Omiya Fan,  28 January 2009 at 21:23  

They have him down as "training" on the home site. Hopefully like he did last year when he came back!

Furtho 29 January 2009 at 02:52  

Bearing in mind the circumstances, I'm a lot less confident of that. It's looking like he might well go and you have a sneaking suspicion that Denis might not come back either; I don't think Jang plays Denis' kind of football.

A dominant, dynamic central midfield player would suit me as a replacement.

Omiya Fan,  29 January 2009 at 10:47  

Denis??

Really??

Our creativity has totally gone now.

Furtho 29 January 2009 at 14:54  

I could be wrong about Denis, obviously, but this current situation with him going back to Brazil for treatment does fall into a pattern.

Jang likes to get the ball forward as quickly as possible, so it's not beyond the bounds of reason to consider that a player like Denis wouldn't fit into that style.

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