Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Daigo Kobayashi: The new CAM on Rennie’s Radar

Vancouver Whitecaps, Writer Drayton van AsImage

The Vancouver Whitecaps obviously have been looking for a central attacking midfielder who is tricky, agile, and above all can distribute the ball to our speedy forwards. The latest rumor going around has been 29 year old Japanese Daigo Kobayashi coming to the Caps. Daigo has spent most of his career with top division Japanese team from 2001 to 2005 Daigo spent his time with Tokyo Verdy 1969 with a total of 136 apps scoring 10 goals in all competition. Between 2006 and 2008 Daigo moved to Omiya Ardija with 108 apps scoring 17 goals in all competitions. Starting in 2008 Kobayashi was offered a trial with Tippeligaen champions Stabæk. With a successful trial Daigo was put on a season loan to Stabæk for 2009. Daigo played a crucial part helping Stabæk finished 3rd. With his time in Norway Daigo racked up 13 goals in 40 matches in all competitions. After ending his loan spell in Norway Daigo moved to Super League Greece side Iraklis Thessaloniki only appearing 15 times in 2010. After his unsuccessful time in Greece Daigo moved back to Japan joining first division side Shimizu S-Pulse. Playing in 26 total games with 2 total goals. In total Daigo Kobayashi has played 313 total professional apps in Japan, Norway, and Greece scoring a total of 40 goals in all competitions. With Daigo’s current transfer budget being approximately $45o,ooo CDN I expect the Whitecaps to get Daigo just under the DP salary.

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