Yesterday it was announced that Naomichi Ueda would be heading to Belgium to join Cercle Brugge. The side who are the second team in Brugge was promoted last season to the Belgium top flight.
As a newly promoted side, they will be looking to keep it tight at the back and with the signing of Ueda, they will be hoping he can help provide just that.
The 23-year-old central defender has played his whole career so far with Kashima Antlers in Japan so this will be a big move for the player. It is hoped that the centre back as a big future in the game and this could be a perfect platform for him to show this in Europe.
While Ueda already has four caps for his country and was an unused substitute during all four of his countries matches in Russia. Although he will be hoping to catch the eye of the Japan coach when it is announced.
The player will be brought in as a first team player and could be seen as a huge part of his new sides push to stay in the top flight in Belgium as they return to the league after a six-year absence.
While the defender signed a four-year contract with his new club it looks like they hope he is part of the long-term plans.
The clubs chairman Frans Schotte said on his arrival "Two weeks before the start of the Jupiler Pro League, the arrival of the strong and talented Ueda is a strong transfer for Cercle Brugge. Despite his 23 years, Ueda is a defender who already gained a lot of experience as a central player with the Japanese team Kashima Antlers. With his discipline, unbridled dedication and, moreover, footballing potential, Ueda is a real international acquisition for Cercle Brugge".
It looks like Ueda is a footballer to look out for in the next few seasons for Japan.