12 academy players registered for the top team

Cerezo Osaka announced that they have completed the registration of 12 academy players for the top team as category-2 players.

The players registered are as follows:

Ayumu Seko
Date of Birth: June 7, 2000 (17)
Position: Defender
2017 Record (U-23): 11 appearances (10 starts), 0 goal

Shunsuke Tanimoto
Date of Birth: March 7, 2001 (17)
Position: Midfielder

Shotaro Hayashi
Date of Birth: October 11, 2000 (17)
Position: Goalkeeper

Kazuki Yamaguchi
Date of Birth: August 21, 2000 (17)
Position: Defender

Ryoga Ishio
Date of Birth: May 18. 2000 (17)
Position: Defender

Shota Fujio
Date of Birth: May 2, 2001 (16)
Position: Forward

Ryuya Nishio
Date of Birth: May 16, 2001 (16)
Position: Defender

Nagi Matsumoto
Date of Birth: September 4, 2001 (16)
Position: Midfielder

Koki Negi
Date of Birth: May 17, 2000 (17)
Position: Foward

Teruki Origuchi
Date of Birth: May 21, 2001 (16)
Position: Goalkeeper

Hayato Murotsu
Date of Birth: April 12, 2000 (17)
Position: Defender

Hinata Kida
Date of Birth: July 14, 2000 (17)
Position: Midfielder
2017 Record (U-23): 16 appearances (14 starts), 0 goal

 

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Among them, Ayumu Seko and Hinata Kida are highly rated and expected to be promoted to the top team for the next season as GM Kiyoshi Okuma said they “will surely become players who meet your (supporters’) expectations in the future” last month. Another well-known academy player Toichi Suzuki, who has been selected to the youth national team several times, announced to leave Cerezo yesterday, which surprised the supporters. He will move to the football club of NIAS High School where new signing Mizuki Ando was just graduated from, according to Gekisaka.

Among the top team players, the following are those who can and are likely to mainly play at Cerezo Osaka U-23 this season.

GK: Takumi Nagaishi, Shu Mogi
DF: Kakeru Funaki, Reiya Morishita
MF: Musashi Oyama, Masaki Okino, Toshiki Onozawa, Masataka Nishimoto, Chaowat, Naoya Uozato
FW: Motohiko Nakajima, Towa Yamane, Rei Yonezawa, Hiroto Yamada, Mizuki Ando

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