YOSUKE IDEGUCHI (GAMBA OSAKA, Japan)
Position: Central Midfielder
2017 stats (as of 08th June with 13 rounds played): 11 games (875 minutes) – 2 goals – 4 assists – 1 yellow card – 0 red cards
Asian Champions League: 5 games (405 minutes) – 0 goals – 2 assists
Yosuke Ideguchi is one of the several promising youngsters that are developing in Gamba Osaka and as of 2017 the extremely talented 20-year-old (to be 21 in August) central midfielder seems to be playing a major role for his team. Helped a lot over the past two seasons by several experienced veterans that play in his position Ideguchi started shining at the back end of 2016 when he registered three goals and an assist in four consecutive starts and this year he has been an integral part of Gamba’s midfield.
Ideguchi is an exciting box-to-box midfielder that shows good defensive skills when his team needs that, he has been utilised as a holding midfielder successfully in the Asian Champions League, but his true talent is his ability to create chances for his teammates. In 2017 Ideguchi is starting many games – he was in the main line-up for 10 of the first 13 rounds in the J-League – and with four assists and two goals already he is quickly becoming a key factor. Below are links to probably his best two displays so far this season (he plays with No 8):
Ideguchi is showing great ability to use both his feet and also an envying composure when on the ball for such a young player. With Gamba known to be a team that dominate possession and enjoy lots of time on the ball these skills make Ideguchi really effective. His percentage of successful passes is very solid and without a doubt a player that creates on average 2.7 serious chances per match needs to be noticed.
This season Ideguchi is not only attempting a decent amount of long-range shots that constantly cause problems, but when Gamba use counterattacks he loves to attack the penalty area from second position and already this brought his team several goals, he scored two of them. It seems that the young player is loving the freedom given to him in the middle of the park and despite being very disciplined when Gamba don’t have the ball, the moment the Blue and Blacks are in possession he always asks for it and looks to force the issue in attack.
With plenty of experience in the different junior formations of the national team (he also just made his debut for Japan’s senior squad on 07th of July 2017), lots of games in the cup competitions over the past three years, solid displays in the Asian Champions League and now constant star presence in the J-League Yosuke Ideguchi is without a doubt not just a star in the making, but practically already a well-developed all around inner midfielder that looks destined for big things.