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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Grampus Sign Hayuma Tanaka

Nagoya have signed Yokohama Marinos defender/midfielder Hayuma Tanaka. This has been a long rumoured move, and sees the team strengthen one of its weaknesses. Tanaka is an established right back, who can cross accurately.

This transfer should mean that Akira Takeuchi, who filled the right back position last year, moves to a different position. Since he has played in central defense, it would allow Stojkovic to rotate central defenders, while employing some in more advanced positions. Of the possible central defenders available (Maya Yoshida, Milos Bajalica, Takahiro Masukawa, Takeuchi), both Takeuch and Yoshida should be able to hold their own in a defensive midfield role.

This leaves the left back position as the main vulnerability for next year. As mentioned in an earlier entry, Shohei Abe has established himself in this position, but is likely to miss several games due to Japan national team commitments. Some cover for his position ought to be a high priority for the team.

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