Ryōtarō Meshino signs for Hearts


A signing that had been in the pipeline for a while was confirmed on Friday. We saw this as Ryōtarō Meshino joined Hearts of Midlothian on loan from Manchester City. The highly-rated youngster joined the English side from J League side Gamba Osaka in August.

He is fast and skilful 

Scottish side Hearts could have a real player on their hands this season with the 21-year-old thought to have a big future in the game. He's yet to be capped at an international level, but the skilful attacking player is thought to make a significant impact soon.

The forward has left his home in Osaka where he's lived his whole life and having just married he could take him time to settle. If the Hearts fans are patient with him though they could see the youngster that attracted so much interest Man City swooped in to sign him.

Alan Gibson of the J Soccor Magazine told the Edinburgh Evening News this of the player;

In Japanese culture in general, the people are scared to fail. They won’t make a decision in the office, for example, and on the football field, they tend to pass the ball rather than shoot. This guy is different. He will shoot from anywhere and he will stand out. 
Gamba were 3-0 down when Meshino came on in a game a couple of months ago. He came on and scored a goal you’ve probably seen on Youtube, where he beats about five players and shoots from the edge of the area.
He is the kind of guy who will get the ball on the halfway line and run at defenders. He won’t be scared to shoot from 30 yards if necessary. He does really like to come down the left-wing and then cut in to curl the ball in, so look out for that one. He has a lot of potentials and he isn’t short on confidence. I hope he is thrown in at the deep end at Hearts and comes out really well.

Then for those who worry about the quality or the skill on show in Scotland, I can guarantee you if he performs well in the league he will make it in Europe. The reason for saying this is the league is fast and physical, so if a skilful attacking player makes it they have done well.

It will be a big test for him but the Hearts boss Craig Levein clearly sees him as a significant attacking option for the side. This is seen as he looks to pair him with 49 times capped Scotland forward Steven Naismith.

He could feature over the weekend as his side host Hamilton, he will then have time to settle as the league breaks for international football. The big test then comes on the 22nd September when his new side face city rivals Hibernian away from home. 

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