Arsenal completed the signing of Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on transfer deadline day in a deal worth £16 million plus bonuses from Italian club Genoa.
The 22 year old arrives England as a relatively unknown player as many had barely heard or taken note of the name ‘Takehiro Tomiyasu’ prior to transfer links to Arsenal on deadline day.
Tomiyasu’s move to Arsenal has definitely brought more spotlight on him but there are things many people still haven’t found out about him.
Well, here are 3 of those things many football fans don’t know about the Japanese;
VERSATILITY: When transfer news linking Tomiyasu to Arsenal first emanated, the headlines read that Arsenal were working on a deal to sign a right-back from Genoa. Well, that’s not entirely false as Tomiyasu played many matches for Genoa at that position last season but the Japanese defender’s main position is at the centre of the defense where he’s excelled for both club and country. How well he’s played for Genoa at right-back is just a testament of how versatile the 22 year old is.
It is also worthy to note that Tomiyasu can play as a defensive midfielder and this sort of versatility surely gives Mikel Arteta interesting options on the pitch.
PREVIOUS LINKS WITH BARCA: Not many are aware that Takehiro Tomiyasu could easily have played for Spanish giants Barcelona. Well, it would interest you to know that when the defender was eleven years old, he impressed in a trial organized by Barcelona’s soccer camp and was thereafter offered a place in Barca’s youth team but the player couldn’t relocate to Spain at the time.
Who knows? If that move had materialized, Tomiyasu could have possibly been playing for the Barca first team by now.
TOMIYASU UNLIKELY TO STRUGGLE WITH LANGUAGE BARRIER: One of the factors that has affected players switching leagues most times is the language barrier and some players just couldn’t overcome it in the end. Well, Arsenal fans do not need to worry in this regard as their club has signed a player whom despite being from a non-English speaking country has had a career spanning across different countries in Europe.
Recall that in 2018 Tomiyasu joined Belgian first division side Sint-Truiden. The club though based in the Flemish-speaking province of Limburg had English being spoken as the major language on the pitch, training grounds and in the dressing room amongst the players.
It is this English speaking culture at one of his former clubs that seems to have influenced Tomiyasu. Though, the Japanese defender wasn’t fluent at the time, he was said to be enthusiastic about the language and he did take online English lesson to improve. Hence, it is expected that 3 years after that, he shouldn’t have much problems communicating with coaches and teammates in England. In fact, Tomiyasu’s first message to Arsenal fans on their social media platforms was recorded in English language