Takehiro Tomiyasu was one of the best young signings in Serie A. The Bologna man came to the club from Belgian club Sint-Truiden having already become a regular for the Japanese national team. While he wasn’t seen to be someone who will make an instant impact, but Tomiyasu hasn’t let anyone down.
The 21-year-old’s transfer fee stood at €7m and he was meant to be a bargain for the club. He will only reap rewards in the future, as he continues to grow in stature. And he has arguably been one of the best players for the rossoblu this season.
So far this season, Tomiyasu has made 13 Serie A appearances for the club. He has predominantly been a right-back, but he has also done a job in the central defensive area too, playing five times in that position. While playing from right-back, he has one assist to his name too.
Bologna have let in 30 goals in the Serie A– the third-worst defensive record in the division. But it is Tomiyasu who has stood tall amongst them. He has made two interceptions per game this season- the second-highest at the club so far. He has also won 2.3 aerial duels per game- the fourth-best out of all regular starters for the club.
He has been dribbled past only 0.3 times this season– the lowest out of first-team regulars at the club. It shows how good he is, when it comes to reading the game. He is accurate in doing what he does to win the ball back and that maturity is rare, for a player who is 21 and came to a much tactical league only this summer.
This development has been some years in the making though, as Tomiyasu was a regular for Sint-Truidense. In all competitions last season, he made 40 appearances in all competitions for them. Back home at J2-League club Avispa Fukuoka, he a regular member of the side in the 2017 season.
He made 39 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring one goal too. This growth in stature was gradual, as he even played in defensive midfield back then. The right-back role only came into the picture at Truidense.
When it comes to the Blue Warriors, he is already a regular for them. He made his debut for Japan back in November 2018 and it has been pretty much smooth sailing since then. Tomiyasu has 18 appearances to his name for the national team. He has become a crucial central defender for the side and even played all three games in that position in the Copa America recently.
He has that composure about him that makes so reliable. While a comparison will be unfair, he is a lot like Phillip Lahm in some ways. He is very good on the ball and his technical ability is mature. He has played the highest number of passes per game for Bologna this season-54.4, with an impressive passing accuracy of 82 percent.
His club and country already depend a lot on him. He is already paying the dividends of the money that Bologna spent on him. Japan can expect to see him in their first-team for the next ten years- a lot like icon Makoto Hasebe because of their similarity in styles.