Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner almost went into raptures when he was asked about Daichi Kamada at the press conference before the home game against VfB Stuttgart. Is the Japanese blossoming again now, after the end of the changeover period?
Raves about Daichi Kamada: Frankfurt’s coach Oliver Glasner.
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On September 1st, Glasner says, he happily “lit a little candle” because “now everyone is clear”. He knows from his own experience that all the transfer rumors have left their mark on the players. “I was a player for almost 20 years, even before the Bosman ruling. These are young people who are naturally concerned when they hear: a club is interested – or is it not. Should I? Can I? Is that good? Is that wise? What happens in my career? You have a lot of whisperers in your family environment and consultants, and you may have ideas of what your career should look like. That distracts a bit, “says Glasner, describing the situation. He doesn’t think that’s good: “As a coach, I don’t want that, and as a player you don’t want that either. Nevertheless, it is like that.”
These words were used in connection with Daichi Kamada, who has so far fallen short of expectations. In the past few months there have been rumors about the Japanese international. “That was perhaps one of the reasons why Daichi did not immediately build on the performances from last season. I can understand that a little,” says Glasner.
Kamada as Offensive Allrounder
There is no doubt about the basic potential of the 25-year-old. “I have seldom seen such an intelligent player. Daichi anticipates very well where dangerous spaces arise. I trust that he will find the spaces that the opponent gives,” praised Glasner. His predecessor Adi Hütter called Kamada a “spatial interpreter” almost poetically. Glasner sees room for improvement in terms of the danger of goals. “In his own degree he certainly still has room for improvement,” states the coach. Instead of the five goals last season, it could well be seven or eight, says the coach.
He does not define an exact position for the attacking midfielder: “Daichi is very variable and flexible, and he will play a very important role for us.” He could be used in 4-4-2 as a hanging tip next to striker Sam Lammers or as a tenth in 4-2-3-1. A 4-3-3 with Kamada in the right half position would also be conceivable. He could also play as the advancing right winger, as was the case recently with Jens Petter Hauge. “Our wings don’t always have to be on the outside,” says Glasner. That brought with it the switch to a back four.