Japanese international Takuma Asano has joined German club Stuttgart on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Arsenal, have announced, through an article on their official website, that Japanese international Takuma Asano will spend this season on loan to Stuttgart.
The 21-year-old has just joined the ranks at Arsenal in July 2016 but in the wake of the player’s failure to attain a work-permit to play in England, the club has decided to loan the player to the club, who is currently in Bundesliga.2, Germany’s second division.
Takuma Asano was signed by Arsenal this summer after the player impressed in his previous three seasons playing in the J-League for Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The player was a particular highlight for the Sanfrecce as the club won two league titles and three Super Cups during the three seasons with Asano also being named the Rookie of the Year for 2015.
The 21-year-old was on international duty in the summer as he featured for Japan in their campaign at Rio Olympics. The winger starred in the nation’s otherwise disappointing campaign as he bagged 2 goals in the three matches played.
Good luck, Takuma 👇 https://t.co/bnoHGQkjpQ
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 26, 2016
Stuttgart have been restricted to playing in the second division of German football for this season, at least, as they finished a lowly 17th last season in the Bundesliga and lost their relegation playoff, which resulted in a demotion for the club.
The move is likely to provide Takuma Asano with the right platform to develop along with marking his debut campaign in Europe with a strong season. The 21-year-old is likely to receive substantial amount of playing time along with the opposition in the division being of a lesser quality compared to Europe’s elite leagues.
Asano is likely to draw inspiration from fellow Japanese international, Shinji Okazaki’s career path as the Leicester player impressed one and all with his performances in Bundesliga during his time at Stuttgart, which earned him a move to Leicester.
The player, then, played a crucial role in the Foxes’ triumph, which has been labelled as one of the best underdog victories of all time by people all around the world.
The Japanese international admitted while talking to Arsenal magazine for their September edition that he aspires to become a player like Okazaki and hoped he would be able to come close or even match the player in terms of quality and impact on the pitch some time in the near future.