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Lahm: You can see Takashi has class

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:00 pm

It only took a few minutes of Bayern's meeting with Mainz in the LIGA total! Cup last Wednesday before chants of "Usami, Usami" were ringing out from the FCB section of the stands. Cheers went up every time Takashi Usami, Munich's first Japanese signing, touched the ball. The player's flowing movement, skilful dribbling and a couple of dangerous crosses provided an early indication of the youngster's potential. "We've all seen he's a very good player technically," Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes commented following the Japan junior international's debut in the penalty shoot-out victory over host team Mainz.

Club captain Philipp Lahm joined in the chorus of praise. "His technical ability and dribbling skill are obvious to everyone. You can see he has class. He has everything you want on a winger," the Germany international summarised. Usami has undoubtedly made a very good initial impression, but the 19-year-old has a lot of work ahead of him during his year on loan from Gamba Osaka to FCB.

As Lahm pointed out, the pace of the Bundesliga is streets ahead of the Japanese J-League. "He'll need time to get used to German football. He's only just arrived after all." And Usami himself responded modestly to his first run out in a Bayern shirt. "The tempo and the standard of the play is higher than at home," he said.

However, the club is confident the player will rapidly acclimatise, "because he's a class footballer, and always has solutions to hand when he's under pressure," Heynckes remarked. Director of sport Christian Nerlinger is equally convinced: "We believe he'll develop well."

Crash course in German

Communication is a problem for the Japanese starlet at the present time, as he speaks neither German nor English and is constantly accompanied by an interpreter, even during training. "But I intend to put in the work, so I can help the team as soon as possible," the player promised.

And he is being as good as his word, as team-mate Nils Petersen revealed: "Up to now, I've never seen him without a little book of translations in his hand. He's trying to learn a few football-specific terms, which will certainly make it a lot easier. "At the present time, Usami is also permanently pursued by a posse of Japanese reporters and camera crews, but perhaps he will soon spring a surprise with his first interview in German. "He's thirsty for knowledge, and he's trying to learn a lot very quickly," Petersen reported.
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Re: Lahm: You can see Takashi has class

Postby quaazi » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:08 pm

And more good news. The team seems to like the new signings and returnees a lot.
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