Thursday, 6 January 2011

Shimizu Scores But Seibudai Go Out

New Squirrels signing Shintaro Shimizu headed in his fifth goal in only four games in the All-Japan High School Football Tournament on Wednesday, but his Seibudai side were eliminated on penalties by Rissho University Shonan after a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the quarter final.



Nerdy 7 January 2011 at 22:42  

Evening all, Is Ichikawa any good? I guess not brilliant as his stats arent I right in thinking he`s been mainly a sub?Any info most gratefully recieved:)

Furtho 8 January 2011 at 00:37  

I think Ichikawa could do okay for you, Nerdy, despite his stats. He came to us from university in 2008 but didn't get a sniff of the first team that year, then started to get some playing time at the start of 2009 but very unluckily picked up a serious injury against Gamba in April 09 that kept him out for months.

Ichi was looking pretty promising in this first few appearances and scored at Hiroshima but I think he's found it hard to recapture that since the injury. He did get a decent amount of playing time - mostly, although not all, as sub - in 2010, but if anything he's just a bit too keen. You can tell he's just absolutely desperate to do well and take the chances that come his way... which he then hasn't really done, probably because of that desperation.

I'd say there's a reasonable chance that a year in J2 will enable him to get his confidence back and to reassure himself that he can score goals. He seems like a good kid and I think Ardija fans would love to see him succeed.

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