Japanese soccer player “Yuki Kobayashi”, his career and style of play

This time, I introduce the career and play style of Japanese defensive midfielder or attacking midfielder “Yuki Kobayashi” who is a member of Japan national football team.

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Name:Yuki Kobayashi (小林祐希 )

Date of birth:April 24, 1992

Place of birth: Higashimurayama(東村山市), Tokyo(東京都)

Height:182 cm、Weight: 72 kg

Dominant foot:Left foot

Position: Midfielder (defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder)

Current club: SC Heerenveen (Eredivisie)

Early career

FC Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy belonging to the J League were trying to bring 12-year-old Kobayashi to each junior youth team. Therefore, Tokyo Verdy instructed Takayuki Morimoto, who became popular as a member of the senior team at the age of 16 at that time, to join Kobayashi to a junior youth team. With the efforts of Morimoto and the enthusiasm of Tokyo Verdy’s enthusiasm, Kobayashi joined Tokyo Verdy. 

He grew steadily and in 2010 he became a member of the senior team while playing an amateur contract and played four games in the J2 league. 

Club carrer

Tokyo Verdy

In 2011, he promoted to the senior team. He participated in 36 matches and scored 3 goals with the first year. 

In 2012, his jersey number was changed to 10 that is the symbol of ace and he was appointed the youngest captain in the history of Tokyo Verdy.

Júbilo Iwata

In July 2012, Kobayashi transferred to Júbilo Iwata with a loan. However, he only played in 14 matches, scored 1 goal. To make matters worse, in the 2013 season, he only played in two matches. 

From the 2014 season he became a regular player. In addition, since Hiroshi Nanami, former Japanese national player, became manager of Jubilo, Kobayashi’s position became attacking midfielder. Interestingly, Nanami was converted from attacking midfielder to defensive midfielder during the player, but Kobayashi was conversely converted from defensive midfielder to attacking midfielder by Nanami. After all, in this season he played 39 matches and scored 2 goals. 

He continued to play a main role as a team in the 2015 season, he played 41 matches and scored 6 goals. Because of his success, Jubilo was promoted to the J1 league. 

Kobayashi who played in Jubilo in the 2016 season also participated in 25 matches and scored 5 goals before joining SC Heerenveen (Eredivisie) in the middle of the season. The frequency to score the goal was the fastest pace since he became a professional player, he gained the ability to score goals.

SC Heerenveen

On August 12, 2016, Kobayashi moved to SC Heerenveen belonging to Eredivisie of the Netherlands. From the first year of joining, he participated in the league for 30 consecutive matches, becoming the regular player of defensive midfielder. Eventually this season he played 34 mathces and scored 1 goal. In addition, Martin Ødegaard, a Norwegian newster, joins the team with Real Madrid through a loan transfer.

International career

On May 26, 2016, Kobayashi was convened to the Japan national football team for the first time. He played as a defensive midfilder on November 11, 2016 on a friendly match against Oman, but he overlapped the game at the end and scored a goal.

style of play

First of all, please watch this video.

[ Yuki Kobayashi’s play and goal in match with Willem II on September 24, 2017 ] 

[ Yuki Kobayashi’s play in match with PSV on September 10, 2017 ] 

Kobayashi’s style of play is summarized below.

・Short range, middle range, long range path are accurate.

・Good position when receiving balls from teammates.

・Kobayashi sometimes plays tricky play such as heel passes.

・Because Kobayashi uses only the left foot of the dominant foot, he is not be able to demonstrate his power when the opponent seals his left foot.

・Kobayashi is not strong in competition because his body is thin.

Summary

Kobayashi is a very important player in SC Heerenveen, but not at the Japan national football team at all. From now on to the Russian World Cup he must strongly appeal to the director Vahid Halilhodžić. His rivals at the Japanese team are Yosuke Ideguchi, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe, Shinji Kagawa and others.

Yours sincerely, 

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