The “Japanese Messi”. Here is the label that has been sticking to Takefusa Kubo’s skin and jersey for many years now. Passed through the Masia between his 10 and 14 years old, the attacking midfielder was nicknamed so because of his similarities with La Pulga or because he had impressed and chained the goals within the famous Catalan training center. A club that he left in 2015 due to irregularities on transfers of minor players, which had notably caused a recruitment ban for Barça.
Relaunch after failure Villarreal
Back in Japan, he continued his progress at FC Tokyo then in the form of a loan to Yokohama, before returning to Europe in 2019. Courted by PSG and Barça, Kubo finally joined Real Madrid. An obvious choice for him: “Madrid wanted me very insistently. They explained to me the plan they had for my career and it really pleased and convinced me ”. The plan was obviously for him to be on loan in La Liga in order to get tough and then come back to the Spanish capital. During the 2019-20 season, he was therefore loaned to Mallorca. Club with which he scored points (4 goals and 4 assists in 36 appearances).
This summer 2020, the residents of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium have decided to send him on loan to Villarreal so that he continues to grow under the orders of Unai Emery. But the marriage didn’t really work out between the two men. Kubo in particular suffered from the strong competition and did not really have the playing time he hoped for, despite 19 appearances in all competitions during the first part of the season (7 starts, 1 goal and 3 assists). Worried, Real Madrid therefore agreed with Villarreal to break this loan. The 19-year-old prodigy was sent for six months to Getafe. What make him smile again.
Kubo is hard again
“I chose Getafe because they were the ones who interested me the most and who trusted me the most. I had several offers, but I was only thinking of Getafe. Many players and the staff help me feel comfortable, they help me understand the team’s game. My main goal is to help the team achieve their goals, it will help me to grow as a footballer ”. But then again, not everything goes as planned. Marca explains history seems to repeat for him with José Bordalas, under whose orders he thought to take off and who uses it less and less, preferring to use other elements.
Substituting the first game, he came into play 27 minutes and was interesting. Then, he had followed up with 4 tenures. And on these 4 matches, his team lost twice and conceded a draw. As a result, he started the next three meetings on the bench and his playing time decreased over the meetings. Came into play 36 minutes against Real Madrid then 33 minutes against Real Sociedad, he played only 11 minutes against Betis on Friday. What to worry again the Merengues who see this great hope under contract until 2024 to be again in the hard.