Ahhh days of yore.................here are stats and rankings for former Buzzards in Japan from Weekly soccer digest (WSD) and Soccer Magazine Japan (SMJ)
WASHINGTON 10 goals 2 assists 6.27 WSD 6.38 SMJ
Takahito Soma 5.5 WSD 5.75 SMJ
Washington is in the perfect position for his skills........a strong midfield behind him that allows him to cherry pick. Soma on the other hand can't get a sniff behind Golden Boy Santos......I think he should have signed in a place that would have highlighted his skills. I know he wanted to try for the national team but this isn't how it's gonna happen for him.
DAIGO KOBAYASHI 6 goals 6 assists 6.14 WSD 6.0 SMJ
Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 5.44 WSD 5.64 SMJ
Far and away, the best player Omiya has ever had. Clutch free kicks........He's already doubled his total of goals from 2005 while keeping a steady pace in assists. Soma should take a lesson from the tale of Daigo. The other Kobayashi has been far less impressive.
Atsushi Yoneyama 2 games 38 minutes
Tadamichi Machida RELEASED
Two non-factors for the first place squad in J1.
YOKOHAMA F MARINOS
Takashi Hirano 5.50 WSD 5.25 SMJ
Limited action in Yokohama........maybe Croatia doesn't look so bad.
TAKUYA YAMADA (is an Exotic Terminater) 5.78 WSD 5.67 SMJ
Awful team, but they are looking a bit better with ET in the starting 11. Two relegations in a row? They are on a pace to finish worse than Vissel!
Kazuyuki Toda 1 assist 5.65 WSD 5.65 SMJ
Mercenary on a team that likes to pack it in. Not pretty and until recently not effective. Needless to say he's not one of my favorities.
Kentaro Hayashi 5.95 WSD 5.85 SMJ
Nice pickup for the underdogs from Kofu......had a couple rough matches recently but a consistent contributor and one of the better players on VK. I thought he would flop but hayashi is coming through.
J2- TOKUSHIMA VORTIS
Jun Tamano 5.83 WSD
Dropped from the first team of the worst club in J2. Ramos might have known what he was doing with this one.
And just for fun
KING KAZU 3 goals 1 assist 5.73 WSD
The old man still has a bit left in the tank I suppose! 2 PK goals.
I wonder what happened to Machida.