Arsenal make enquiries about Young Player of the Year

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t always please the fans with his transfer manoeuvres and the latest player to be linked could generate more confusion.

Because The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal have been looking at a young Japanese international forward.

They write:

Arsenal have made tentative enquiries for Japan international forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

The 21-year-old, who has played 4 times for Japan (1 goal) since his debut last year, was voted as the best young player in the J-League last season and was reportedly very close to sealing a move to The Bundesliga with Augsburg until the deal fell through.

The suggestion in the report is that Arsenal would buy him and then send him on loan rather than immediately trying to assimilate him into the first-team.

The diminutive young forward, who stands at 5ft 7in, has made a big impact in his early career with 14 goals in 42 games last season and 5 in just 9 games this term.

Arsene Wenger is known for investing in youth but the call from many Arsenal fans this summer is for a marquee signing up front and a tough-tackling centre back to move the club on from the current stasis.

The capture of midfield anchorman and Swiss international Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach has to be seen as a step in the right direction.

But Arsenal aren’t far away from having a title winning squad and they surely need to concentrate their energies on two more A-list signings rather than mucking about with young hopefuls who are going to be loaned straight back out and have a better than average chance of never playing for the first team.