Take Kubo: Time to Shine 🇬🇧

Whispers and rumours normally surround a transfer for weeks, but this one came as a bolt out of the blue. Pictures appeared on twitter of CEO Maheta Malongo and a young Japanese player, Takefusa Kubo walking through Mallorca airport on the morning of August 22nd. After an uninspiring transfer window for Mallorca, the club had pulled a rabbit out of the hat luring the highly rated youngster on loan from Real Madrid. Kubomania ensued on the island with fans dressing up in traditional Japanese Happi and press flocking from the far East. Yet Take, as he prefers to be called, has had to wait his turn, with substitute appearances and few starts. After his match winning moments against Villarreal almost two weeks ago it might just be Take Kubo’s time to shine.

Earn your place

Vicente Moreno has stuck to his principles that have made the squad so successful over the past two seasons. Every player must earn their opportunity through training well, then contributing from the bench to earn a place in the starting 11. Take’s Thursday arrival in Mallorca was just too close to a game to force his way in. That was quickly followed by an eleven minute cameo in La Mestalla where you could excuse him for looking a little disorientated. That side finished the game with a highly experimental front four of Lago Junior, Yannis Salibur, Alex Trajkovski and Take himself, a combination we will be unlikely to see in the Mallorca red again.

After a fortnight away from the squad on international duty with Japan he was still unable to force his way into the eleven away at Getafe, but ended up playing over 70 minutes due to Salva Sevilla’s early injury. His assist for one of Ante Budimir’s goals in the late attempted fight back earnt him a starting spot the following week but his inconsistency of performance was beginning to show as his biggest Achilles heel.

In and out

Opportunity knocked for Take, his assist against Getafe earning him a starting place against Atletico Madrid at Son Moix. However, two largely uneventful performances in which Mallorca failed to score meant that it was back to the bench for the loanee. His absence from the starting 11 coincided with two wins in a row for Real Mallorca, first over relegation threatened Espanyol and then over Take’s parent club, Real Madrid.

Yet Take was not the only inconsistent player in the squad. Aleix Febas continues to lurch from brilliant to anonymous and that, combined with suspension to play maker Salva Sevilla, meant that Take Kubo has found his way back into the starting eleven now for the last two games.

Match winner

The skill and brilliance of Take on the ball is there for all to see but up until the game against Villarreal at Son Moix, we had seen it all too sparingly. On an unusually cold and wet Son Moix Sunday lunch time there was a ray of light dancing his way around the Son Moix pitch. The Japanese wonder kid picked the ball up in the box and swerved his way around the Villarreal defence, only to be brought down for a penalty. Later in the same half, Take picked up the ball in midfield and played a perfectly weighted through ball in behind the high Villarreal defensive line that ultimately led to another penalty to Mallorca.

Yet Take’s finest moment was yet to come. Villarreal had got back into the game with a penalty of their own from midfield maestro Santi Carzola and the game was finely balanced. Having given away a lead on two occasions just ten days earlier against Osasuna you could have forgiven the Son Moix crowd for their nerves. Yet answering their call was the 18 year old from Kawasaki who picked the ball up on the edge of the box, and stroked it smoothly into the far corner out of the reach of goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

Don’t look back

Whilst Take’s place in the Mallorca team is still far from secure, that Villarreal performance could well be the turning point in his loan spell. Salva Sevilla is likely to return for Mallorca this weekend following suspension and it will be a measure of just how much manager Vicente Moreno trusts the midfielder from Japan as to whether he maintains his starting place in a tough away game against UD Levante. There is a creative ray of sun peeping out from behind the clouds for a goal shy Mallorca and Take is ready to make that leap, it is his time to shine.

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  1. BXH bon gda dice:

    Takefusa Kubo là mẫu cầu thủ trẻ triển vọng, anh sở hữu kỹ thuật và phẩm chất của một ngôi sao sáng trong tương lai. Tôi tin chắc anh sẽ thành công trong tương lai

  2. xem bong da truc tuyen dice:

    Takefusa Kubo là mẫu cầu thủ trẻ đầu tiên của nhật bản. Anh gia nhập Real Madird và thi đấu đầy sức mạnh, BLĐ đội bóng Tây ban nha rất hài lòng với bảng hợp đồng này. chúng tôi mong chờ sự tỏa sáng của cậu ấy trong thời gian sắp tới

  3. RCDM.es | El regreso a Primera División dice:

    […] lugar a dudas la mejor noticia para el mallorquinismo, ha sido esta semana el regreso del japonés Take Kubo al conjunto balear. El jugador nipón ya estuvo hace dos temporadas, en el regreso a Primera, […]

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