The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been watching the World Cup as keenly as anybody this summer in a bid to identify players who could potentially make a shock move to Elland Road, as well as for their own entertainment of course.
The World Cup has been a tantalising football spectacle to feast your eyes upon thus far, and not only because England are beginning to dispel myths and rewrite the history books which have consistently detailed heartbreaking failures which have been nothing short of embarrassing in recent years.
With nations from across the world showcasing their finest array of talent there’s so many players to analyse and familiarise ourselves with, but one player who is known relatively well by keen football supporters is Keisuke Honda.
The Japanese veteran has been capped a whopping 98 times for his country, scoring 37 goals in the process. His record in itself is something to admire as he is most regularly deployed on the right-wing, although he is capable of playing across the attacking midfield three.
With a glowing reputation firmly established in Japan, Honda nearly cemented himself in Asian folklore with a Ronaldo-esque free-kick in second-half injury time which forced a fingertip save from Thibaut Courtois as the ball danced and dipped through the Russian air.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for the refreshingly fearless Japan side who certainly made their mark on the tournament by taking a star-studded Belgium team right down to the wire before Nacer Chadli sealed their fate with a last-gasp breakaway goal.
With bags of international experience, technical quality and versatility to bring to the table, Marcelo Bielsa would be foolish not to at least entertain the possibility of signing Honda this summer on the evidence of his cameo appearances at the World Cup.
To further enhance the appeal of a potential deal, Honda is now a free agent after his contract with CF Pachua expired in June so there is little to no risk involved with regards to a potential deal.
Whether Honda has grand plans for a return to Asia or perhaps a lucrative MLS move remains to be seen, but the opportunity to work alongside a coach with Bielsa’s reputation in a country where he is yet to test himself will certainly give the 32-year-old something to think about.
Providing that Honda is interested by the prospect of a move to Elland Road, Andre Radrizzani and Marcelo Bielsa should do everything in their power to agree terms with the Japan international this summer.
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