FIFA U 17 World Cup 2017 , Japan vs Hondurus : 5 players to watch out
Tomorrow at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati the young samurais from Japan will commence their journey in the FIFA U17 world cup against the central American country Hondurus in Group E fixtures alongside with France and New Caledonia .
So , on the eve of their match let’s focus on 5 players to watch out .
Under coach Jose Valldares Hondurus’s carlos Mejia is undoubtedly the main man from “los catrachos” side to watch out .
Mejia, who is an incredibly talented striker with a ferocious eye for goal, has caught the eye of scouts around the globe with his performances in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship held in Panama.
With seven goals to his name, which included a stunning hat-trick against Cuba, Mejia clinched the Golden Boot at the CONCACAF tournament that ended in May. He bettered the likes of Mexica’s Daniel Lopez and USA’s talented striker Josh Sargent on his way to clinching the acclaimed award.
The talented player who prefers to get into goal scoring positions from wide areas has also had a trial session with Manchester City two years ago. The FIFA U-17 World Cup in India could witness the emergence of a potential superstar from Honduras.
“El leopard” or the leopard they say in Hondurus about the newly emerging boy from Hondurus U17 squad member Patrick Palacios .
He mainly caught attention hugely when they were defeated 0-3 by USA but they cameback strongly against Cuba grabbing a 7-1 thumping victory due to the double hat tricks both from Patrick Palacios and Carlos Mejia which confirmed their ticket to India for FIFA U17 World cup .
Strong feet , super agility and good in aerial duels , palacios is one from the Hondurus side to watch out in tomorrow’s match.
The 16-year old forward is the hottest property in the squad having impressed the Barcelona scouts so much that he was signed for the famous “La Masia” academy at the age of 10. Kuba excelled through his three years with the Catalan club. However, FC Barcelona were found guilty of violating FIFA’s international transfer policy following which made Kuba ineligible to represent the Catalonians. He has since returned to join FC Tokyo in the J-League. Despite his young age, the boy who has been called the “Japanese Messi’, has already become the lynchpin of FC Tokyo’s Under 23 reserve squad and in April this year became the youngest player to score in the J-League at 15 years, 10 months. Following May, he made his frist team debut in the J-League YBC Levain Club. He has already represented Japan at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in May this year in Korea . Having achieved so much already, huge show will be expected from Kuba in tomorrow’s match against hondurus .
The 17-year old forward is another exquisite player from the “BlueSamurais” . Yamada plays for the Japenese side Cerezo Osaka in the J-League. Last year, he made his debut for the Cerezo Osaka Under 23’s in a J3 League game and in doing so, he became the youngest player ever to make an appearance in the Japanese football league system. With such top notch profile , Yamada will be another exciting player to watch out for tomorrow .
He plays mainly as a Midfielder for FC Tokyo in J-League .
Hirakawa joined FC Tokyo in 2016 . on October against SC Sagamihra he made his debut . He played more than 10 matches for Under-23 team of FC Tokyo squad as well .
This 5 ft 9 inches central midfielder has a apt technique of ball-shielding .
He is fast , efficient with ball and can play as an attacking midfielder as well. Must watch player for tomorrow