Yohei Takeda’s loan ends – he joins the Pink

It comes as no surprise that Yohei Takeda (Goalkeeper, 25) has decided to leave Gamba after his loan deal at the club expired. But he will not be leaving his home city…

Takeda was loaned from Shimizu S-Pulse for the whole of the 2012 campaign having spent the previous season at Albirex Niigata, where he mustered just four league starts. It got worse at Gamba, as he was inexplicably unable to oust Fujigaya even when Kimura was injured. He made no league appearances and his sole run-outs before the end of the league campaign were in the Nabisco Cup, where he looked comfortable against Kashiwa Reysol, but the game ended in a 2-1 defeat, and two appearances in the Emperor’s Cup against Kansai University and Mito HollyHock. He managed to beat Kimura to the gloves for the whole of the Emperor’s Cup final run where he impressed and even kept three clean sheets! Eat your heart out Fujigaya – you did it just twice all season.

He impressed so much that the cross-town rivals in pink have taken him on as one of their own, a common trait of stealing Gamba players they have shown over the years. This leaves the impression the Fujigaya and Kimura will resume their battle for number one, and I dread to think what will happen if Fujigaya beats Kimura again…

Anyhow, Takeda has this to say before leaving the club:


“I was only here for a year but I learned a lot about being a professional. It was a bit disappointing that I couldn’t win the Emperor’s Cup at the end but it was an honour to play for a big club like Gamba. Thank you for your support over the last year.” (Thanks to Vinci Per Osaka)


As always, any player that leaves Gamba to go to Cerezo gets no good luck wishes and you are no exception Yohei! Be a great goalkeeper but still let enough in to see Cerezo slip into J2 for 2014. I just do not understand how Fujigaya kept you and Kimura out of the team.


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