Takefusa Kubo - Japan's Messi

A quick google search of Takefusa Kubo and you find information on a young fresh looking 17-year-old Japanese player. The thing you might not know is big things are expected of him. The attacking player is currently playing his football on loan at Yokohama F. Marinos in the J League. 

Despite his young age, Kubo has already scored in the J Leagues with two different clubs. As while with his parent club FC Tokyo he became the youngest player to score in the J League 3 at 15 years and 10 months in a 1-0 win for their under 23 sides over Cerezo Osaka Under-23s.

Despite looking like a great talent Kubo was sent out on loan on the 16th August 2018, when he joined Yokohama F. Marinos on loan till the end of the season. He immediately made an impact scoring on his debut in an away game against Vissel Kobe.

Where did he start 

The player despite his young age can call Barcelona a former club as a youth player. As in August 2011, Takefusa Kubo was invited to join the  Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, after passing the trial. At this time he was part of their Under 11 side. During his first full season (2012–13), he was top goalscorer in the league with 74 goals in 30 games. 

He then went on to help his team dominate the league as they won the Catalunya Cup. In his third full season (2014–15), he was promoted to Barcelona Infantil A (U14). But the Catalan club was later found to have violated FIFA’s international transfer policy for under-18 youths, making Kubo ineligible to play for the club. He returned to Japan in March 2015 in search of playing time, signing with FC Tokyo’s junior youth team.
The player's impressive displays at youth level and the fact he's looked skilful and composed at senior level as left him dubbed the “Japanese Messi”. You will hope the pressure on the player's shoulders will not get to him and he can refill his potential. 

The player himself says on his game “Dribbling, shooting and reading the game are my strengths. I’ll do everything in my power to help the team reach its goals.”

Where next for Kubo

The player is currently contracted to FC Tokyo and is expected to return to the club at the end of his loan spell. At the moment I will then expect with the player still 17 at the start of the J League 2019 season he will play with the club during that season. 

However, it is expected with the player turning 18 on the 4th June 2019 at this date clubs around Europe will be looking for his signature. The current rules mean that clubs around Europe can not sign Kubo till his 18th birthday.

Then with the player's impressive performance, it is understood Barcelona have kept a keen eye on the youngster’s progress and it was believed to be a formality that he would return to the Nou Camp when he can move again aged 18.

But, according to France Football, PSG officials have made contact with Kubo’s representatives in a bid to tempt him to move to Ligue 1 instead.

While it is very early days for the player you just hope he can perform to his potential in the years to come. It will be exciting to see him star also for his country in a World Cup as the players already played and scored for his nation at the Under 17 World Cup in 2017.

Meanwhile, the footballer says about his talents “I don’t like being compared to Messi but one day I hope to be like him.”

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