Arsenal shocked the Premier League world when they signed Japanese youngster Takuma Asano from the J1 League. The 21-year-old is known for his pace and dribbling ability but he probably won’t get into the Arsenal first team any time soon.
Arsene Wenger might be looking at the loan system to give the youngster a taste of the Premier League and that might actually do some good for him as he would get acclimatized to the English league system.
There are a number of clubs who would be willing to take an Arsenal player on loan and here are three clubs that could use Asano to great extent.
West Bromwich Albion
With Saido Berahino set to leave the club sooner or later, the Baggies might want to replace one quick striker with another. Granted Asano has not played in the league but he could get a lot of experience playing under Tony Pulis and this would also increase his ability to deal with proper English teams.
Pulis might not play a great brand of football but he does get results and that would be important for Asano as he learns to play the English game rather than just hone his skills and become and Arsenal player.
While the Hornets had a decent first season back in the Premier League, they let go of their manager Quique Sanchez Flores and they could also lose out on the services of Odion Ighalo. If the side do need a new star for the coming season, they should look to sign the Arsenal forward.
Asano might not be someone who can play the physical game but he can learn a lot from playing for a club that is constantly punching above its weight. Asano might not get a starting role in every game but he will have chances to impress and who knows, he might even end up scoring a few goals for the team.
Another team that could use a striker on loan would be Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s side struggled for goals last season, even though they made it to the FA Cup final but the side don’t have quality strikers and it would not harm them if they did take the 21-year-old Japanese star on loan.
Asano could be the difference maker for the side and for Pardew as well. The Eagles have lost out on Dwight Gayle and need fresh blood next season and the Japanese star could be the one who gets the goals for the side next season.