Okazaki linked with loan to Huddersfield

Shinji Okazaki has been linked with Huddersfield today, as he looks to find a club where he can get on the pitch and boot the ball about instead of being stuck on the bench with spelks sticking in his backside. 

Set to leave Leicester in search of footy

Shinji Okazaki played a very important role in Leicester's title-winning season but ever since then, he has fallen down the pecking order with other strikers getting the nod ahead of him. This has led to Okazaki seemingly becoming happy to let his contract run down in the interest of that making it easier for him to find another club.

I personally love Okazaki's all action style of play, the way he harries and harasses players gets me shouting and screaming at the TV, it's the type of player I was brought up to be happy supporting. All blood guts and thunder - that is whenever I have seen him, and bear in mind I don't support Leicester so it has been limited to a handful of games a season really, therefore, I can't be aware if he is consistently like this but it is all action. The main issue is will he ever score enough goals if he is the main striker? All action is great to get behind but strikers need to be banging in goals. 

Okazaki hopes to play at the 2022 World Cup

Okazaki has said that he wants to move in order to be playing regular football, preferably in Europe as he bids to win a squad place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He is 32 now, so by then, he will be 34/35. At that age he would have to still be performing well to be considered for this new look Japan squad, it's good for him to hope but I think the chances of him getting in the 2022 World Cup squad are slim.

Maybe if he got a run of games as the main striker he may surprise people, he always seemed to be the support striker at Leicester with Vardy being the main man for obvious reasons. Ever willing to work back and fill in the midfield but also support Vardy shows that he is willing to fulfil whatever role is needed on the pitch but everything comes back to goals and if Huddersfield are pinning their hopes on him to fire them to Premier League survival I think they might be looking at relegation come the end of the season. The only thing they can hope for is that he thrives at being the focal point of the attack, instead of living in Vardy's shadow or Huddersfield could sign more than one striker.

Whichever move Okazaki makes next though, it won't be getting him onto the plane to the 2022 World Cup unless for some mental reason he starts banging in goals like a machine. He seems like a great bloke though, so good luck to the fella and he is well suited for the style of play that Huddersfield plays so it could be a brilliant match even though Twitter believes it's not going to save Huddersfield and I would be slightly swayed into agreeing with them. 

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