Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna in the coming hours, but Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol has received a concerning message about the Japanese defender.
Tomiyasu has made an excellent name for himself in Italy over the last two years. His quality as a defender has been lauded, while his ability with the ball at his feet has been described by many as excellent as well.
Arsenal fans are really excited about Tomiyasu. However, an agent who was appointed to find a new club for the Japanese defender has raised a few concerns about his game ahead of his imminent move.
The big Tomiyasu problem ahead of Arsenal move
Solhekol quoted an agent live on Sky Sports News (5:32 pm, Transfer deadline day) while speaking about Tomiyasu.
He said: “I have just got a message to say, ‘Tomiyasu was offered to most clubs in the Premier League. He is a good player. But, the problem is, he is not really a right-back nor is he a central defender. I’m not sure how he will get on at Arsenal.’
“That is one of the agents who was trying to find him a club.”
The Insider’s View:
The concerns about Tomiyasu’s best position is understandable. Last season, he played 17 games as a centre-half, 14 times as a right-back and featured as a left full-back twice as well. Nobody really knows his best position, but his numbers don’t lie.
The Japanese international played over 2700 minutes of football last season and was only dribbled past 13 times. To put that into perspective, both Hector Bellerin (29) and Cedric Soares (16) boasted worse numbers despite playing a lot less. (Adam Rae Voge)
He won 56% of his duels and registered a combined 94 tackles and interceptions last season, which is a mind-blowing record and is more than any other Arsenal player. (Adam Rae Voge)
This shows that he is a quality defender and the fact that he’s still only 22 means he will only get better. Arsenal have nothing worry to about.