Kubo’s situation is a bit odd for a player who has been called Japan’s greatest talent.
Kubo originally grew up in Barcelona’s youth ranks, but returned to Japan in 2015 after FIFA imposed disciplinary action on Barcelona’s youth players for violating the ban on players under the age of 18 transferring to foreign clubs, including a ban on participation in team training and practice matches.
After developing at FC Tokyo, Kubo joined Real Madrid in 2019. But there was no room. Real Madrid’s non-EU quota (the limit for non-European players in the squad) didn’t allow for a spot. Kubo spent time on loan at RCD Mallorca, Villarreal CF, and Getafe CF to gain experience.
Kubo’s potential exploded at Real Sociedad last season. He scored nine goals and provided six assists in 44 official matches. At the end of the season, he was named Real Sociedad’s Player of the Year. Real Sociedad finished fourth in La Liga and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
Prior to this season, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal reportedly made an offer for Kubo, but he turned it down. Al-Hilal reportedly offered Kubo a four-year contract worth around $230 million. Kubo’s commitment to the team was strong enough to turn down such a huge offer.
The start of the season is a bit strange. He has one goal and one assist in three games since the start of the Spanish Primera Liga. Real Sociedad are currently on a three-game winless streak and have scored just two goals. Kubo has been involved in all of the team’s goals. 온라인카지노
However, Kubo hasn’t played a full game yet this season. The team’s best-performing player is constantly being subbed out during games. Former J-Leaguer Sotaro Yasunaga, who commentates on Kubo’s games for Japan’s DAZN, said, “I wonder if I can replace him. I think about substitutions.”
“The season has just started, so even if I can…” he trailed off. After the match, Sotaro continued, “I think about replacing Kubo. It’s something that’s been going on since the opening game,” he said, questioning the substitution during the match.