2015/18 Shinji Okazaki @ Leicester City F.C. (ENG)

Discussion in 'Japanese Abroad' started by Dax, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan



    7 mln pound = ~10mln €


    Good luck! Will post contract info & official statement by the club once available
     
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  2. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
  3. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Full article: http://www.lcfc.com/news/article/shinji-okazaki-agrees-leicester-city-deal-2509148.aspx

    tweets:


    4 years!

    Okazaki: “I’m very happy to be here. To play in the @premierleague is a dream.” #welcomeshinji
    Okazaki: “Last season the crowd were amazing and the players responded. I hope to show everyone what I can do.” #welcomeshinji
    Okazaki: “I’m excited to find out what I can do in this league. I will try to make lots of goals for the supporters.” #welcomeshinji
     
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  4. datschge

    datschge Member+

    Feb 9, 2014
    Germany
    :(

    Good luck to him. Great deal for Leicester at that surprisingly low price. Will miss him in the BL.
     
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  5. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Well, you have to consider that he has one year left in his contract and he is 29. I think the price is somewhat okay.
    I was very worried last year when the story about Leicester came up, however it looks to me like they're spending on quality players at the moment (this is their 3rd move).
    Then again, in football, you never know... could be another season of fighting for relegation :/
     
  6. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    We'll see. The only thing that worries me is precedent history of Japanese in EPL.
     
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  7. BigDnm01

    BigDnm01 Member

    May 14, 2011
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I hope he can do well in EPL, as long as he's getting his chances. Btw, what are his chances @ LCFC?
     
  8. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    There's actually quite some competition in attack at Leicester. I don't know who will be sold if any, but he will likely need to perform well quickly. At least he can do the full pre season.
     
  9. datschge

    datschge Member+

    Feb 9, 2014
    Germany
    For Buli standards it's pretty much, for EPL standards it's very cheap. I didn't think Mainz needs money that much right now, it's easy to sell to EPL clubs during the Winter window as well if they wanted to cash in before Okazaki's contract runs out.

    As for Okazaki I hope it won't be a second Stuttgart. It's reassuring though that he appears to be seen as a striker, not a winger there. Hope we'll see him play regularly.

    Edit: According to tranfermarkt I guess Kramaric and Ulloa would be the biggest rivals. LCFC plays in 4-4-2 I assume?
     
  10. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan


    well, I hope he wasn't the one who strongly wanted Okazaki... :D
     
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  11. datschge

    datschge Member+

    Feb 9, 2014
    Germany
  12. gamban98

    gamban98 Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    I smell another disaster. Japanese players need to stay away from the league. They constantly screw Japanese players.
     
  13. NaohiroTakahara

    Nov 12, 2013
    #13 NaohiroTakahara, Jun 30, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015
    Has nothing to do with japanese or not.....small players like Hazard or Özil make it there....and let`s be serious Kagawas first season was very solid...not great but not worse....and he was injured very long...he made 6 goals + 6 asssits in 26 games is very okay for first season. Not as great like in Dortmund but good. The only reason why Shinji not succeed there was David Moyes ...and under him the hole team was a disaster. The media and fans and people talk Kagawas PL time much more worse then it was.

    Okazaki can clear succeed there cause he is strong and has muscles. His legs are maybe the biggest legs in the hole PL and he has no real competition in Leicester. They do try to buy him for 10 million (even in PL this is not less) for 2 seasons when the don`t cleary plan him for starter spot. I think Leicester is quite similar to Mainz in Germany . A mid table club who trust in him. Have a little more trust in Okazaki,he deserved it. My prediction is that he scored similar to Mainz, something arround 10+ goals.
     
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  14. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    One wonders why a player like Ki was just able to have a good season then. They're probably specialized on screwing japanese players specifically :rolleyes:. All EPL coaches and players with that same goal.

    edit: hmm, apparently there might have been reasons :/
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/fo...r-City-month-staving-Premier-League-drop.html
     
  15. roxbury

    roxbury Member+

    Apr 27, 2004
    I am very happy for him. He seems is great lad on and off time. I like his efforts in the games. A good pro to me.

    I wish him best luck in his new team .

    And, I believe he will success.

    Regards,
     
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  16. Clad

    Clad Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Leicester Manager fired.

    Okazaki will now fail over at Leicester and wont get playing time.

    Just like Kagawa when Ferguson left.
     
  17. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    yes, now please lay down the wine
     
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  18. datschge

    datschge Member+

    Feb 9, 2014
    Germany
    There have been plenty reasons and occasions, Pearson is known to be a difficult character. He was already fired back in February once but afterward everyone pretended nothing happened. To his credit he's the one who stabilized LCFC, two times actually. Him being fired is very likely linked to his son, though one has to wonder why he still got to plan the squad for next season and already bringing in players, only to get fired now of all times without any replacement prepared yet.

    I can only imagine Christian Fuchs being really ecstatic about having moved from one messed up club to the next. At least with Okazaki he got a colleague to marvel about their calm days back at Mainz. ;)
     
  19. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Yeah, I guess we won't know, likely ever. That said, at least we're still in early july and the club is investing on good profiles (at least, on paper) so hopefully it shouldn't be another painful relegation battle for all the season.
     
  20. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    don't think Okazaki signed to challenge the top of the PL, he just wants to play in the Premier League. He probably doubled his salary as well. So relegation struggle or not, I think he's ok with it.
     
  21. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    There will be Okazaki Vs Yoshida?
     
  22. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Absolutely, I'm talking just from a fan perspective, merely as in: I'd like to see him in the Prem. and not in the Championship :D

    it's possible, but Yoshida is a squad rotation member
     
  23. takeuchi

    takeuchi Member+

    Jan 20, 2013
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
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  24. Dax

    Dax Moderator
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    Feb 29, 2012
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    Huh, I'm pretty sure that guy played alongside Nakamura in Celtic.
     
  25. takeuchi

    takeuchi Member+

    Jan 20, 2013
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Yea, he did. He's coaching Bolton atm after he quit Celtic.
     

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