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Player Scouting - Promising u23s in the J League for Sorare


We have seen a lot of young Japanese players breaking through & doing great not only in the Japanese J League but also in Europe (Kubo, Tanaka, Mitoma etc). It feels like a particularly exciting moment for Japanese football!


This post will look at what I see as the most promising prospects in the J league. I will look at firstly young players that have broken into the first team and are playing regular. Secondly, I will look at players who are at the fringes of the team and offer huge potential for their teams (and our sorare squads!)


I am conscious of the u23 rule in Sorare (those turning 24 by July 2022 will lose the u23 badge) so will only pick players currently 22 or younger


Current players - Players playing regularly & on Sorare


Name: Ryotaro Araki

Team: Kashima Antlers

Rare Av: 0.186


Araki Sorare u23

Positives

  • Young Player of year for the J League in 2021

  • Takes set pieces

  • 4 years + of U23 stats on Sorare

  • 46% of his games in 2021 saw a score of >60 points



Risks

  • Doesnt always start/rotation risk

  • Potential transfer to europe/non sorare league



Name: Ryuya Nishio

Team: Cerezo Osaka

Rare Av: 0.088



Defender Sorare Nishio suggestion

Positives

  • Breakthrough season in 2021 and was able to cerement his place in the first X11

  • Showed excellent calmness and composure

  • Best duel won % for all U21 defeders with 61.2%

  • 4 years + of U23 stats on Sorare

Risks

  • Consistent scorer but rarely gets >60 points (13% in last 6 months)

  • Low risk of Cerezo bringing in another CB as he and Seko are both relatively young/inexperienced



Name: Daiki Matsuoka

Team: Shimizu

Rare Av: 0.056






Positives

  • Reliable starter that rarely is DNP (>95% in starting X11 last season)

  • Consistent scorer with a L40 of 50 which can give predictable scores to anchor a SO5 team

  • Still has 4 years as <U23

Risks

  • Rarely gets a high score

  • Shimizu are a relatively poor team with a risk of relegation to J2 (though he would almost certainly transfer to a J1 team if this happens


Name: Kosei Tan

Team: Shonan Bellmare (On loan from Gamba Osaka)

Rare Av Price: 0.357



Kosei Tani U23 Goalkeeper sorare J league


Positives

  • Reliable starter that rarely is DNP

  • Consistent scorer not reliant on CS

  • Started all the Olympics games as Japans keeper

  • Still has 3 years+ as <U23

Risks

  • Highly likely to remain on loan at Shonan but still uncertainty over future next season and after loan finishes

  • Play for a relatively poor team who only narrowly beat relegation


Name: Ayase Ueda

Team: Kashima Antlers

Position: Forward

Rare Av: 0.199



Ayase Ueda Kashima Antlers Sorare J league



Positives

  • Scored 14 goals last season

  • Explosive speed and ability to score even from the bench

  • 1.5 years of U23 status on Sorare

  • 48% of his games in 2021 saw a score of >60 points




Risks

  • Doesnt always start/rotation risk

  • Potential transfer to europe/non sorare league

  • Relatively poor assists records


Notable others


Yuito Suzuki , Keisuke Osako, Ayumu Seko , Yuta Goke, Shunki Higashi ,Taiga Hata



Future Stars


  • Jun Nishikawa (Cerezo Osaka)




Nishikawa came to worldwide attention when Barcelona showed interest in signing him a couple of years ago. And its easy to see why as he has excellent:


  • Passing ability

  • Technique

  • Vision

  • Pace

  • First touch

  • Shooting

He was able to notch up 17 appearances last season and it was a stop start kind of season. He is gaining much needed experience and this could well we his breakout year



Ryunosuke Sagara (Cerezo Osaka)




Ryunosuke Sagara also enjoyed some experience in the first team this year with 10 apps. He has great dribbling technique and speed.


Sagan Tosu have been struggling financially but do have a great youth setup which should work in Sagaras favour as the team will likely be more reliant on youth than new transfers


Zion Suzuki (Urawa Reds)


Zion was highly impressive in the cup games he played for Urawa, so much so he was awarded the "New Hero Award"!



He was also called up to the Olympics squad and earned his first u23 cap this year.



Still only 19 and learning from Nishikawa, he is in the perfect place to fine tune his skills and gain more experience and its only a matter of time before he is challenging for the number 1 spot



Notable others


Kashif Bangnagane , Dai Tsukamoto , Yuma Obata, Shinya Nakano (no card on sorare yet),Jiro Nakamura





For full disclosure, I own Araki, Ueda and Matsuoka (SR) and am not looking to sell anytime soon :)


As we can see, there is a lot exciting talent in all positions in the J league. Though there is always risk of transfer to Europe for some of the players in the near future, the success of Mitoma and Furuhashi show these players can continue to give utility to Sorare managers.


Although, I have only put Rare Card prices in, these players will have the same potential in Limited divisons where U23 cards in Asia offer alot of value, especially considering you can win cards from all leagues in that division and not just Asia cards.


When trying to buy U23s in Sorare, I personally try to have a % of my gallery for future stars that might not be playing now but have huge potential. The main reason for this is purchase price and potential scores/price appreciation. This strategy will of course depend on your outlay and risk appetite!


Let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions of other players :)


I am always more than happy to talk things J League & Sorare on twitter or Discord




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