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Transfer Profile: Tsubasa Nishi

While the rest of the world has their eyes on the World Cup, Daegu FC went out and filled their +1 foreign spot with Japanese midfielder Tsubasa Nishi. Having spent most of his career in the lower divisions of Polish football, we spoke with Liga.net journalist and Deputy Editor in Chief Piotr Kamieniecki about Nishi's time with Liga Warsaw and what K League fans can expect from the midfielder.
(image via liga.com)

Tsubasa Nishi comes to Daegu FC after a brief loan stint with Slovak Super Liga side Zemplín Michalovce where he netted once in 12 appearances. Now 28-years old, Nishi may well be looking for a more permanent home on Korean shores after playing for seven different clubs in his six year professional career. Especially considering how well familiarity served him in his longest stint with a club at Polish second division side Stomil Olsztyn where he racked up 33 appearances and scored seven goals.

How was Tsubasa Nishi viewed at Liga Warsaw? League wide?

Nishi joined Legia at the beginning of the 17/18 season. From the beginning, he became a second team player, which is in the fourth division in Poland (III league). During his stay in Warsaw, he worked with the first team for only a few days. During league matches he was one of the most important figures of the second team. His play in the middle of the field helped the team, and young players felt confident performing with him. I can say that he was a key figure for defense, but he was worse off with an offensive game.

Strongest aspects of his game?

He is an excellent footballer when he receives the ball and builds new action. His strong point is the ability to regulate the pace of the game and cooperation with other players. He also takes corner kicks and free kicks rather well. He also has a reputation as a calm guy and hasn't had problems making new friends or acquaintances.

Weaknesses?

He could definitely improve his offensive game. Nishi also has problems when opponent play a kick and rush style. Due to his size, he is not able to dominate the center of the field in the air and rarely collects second balls. Nishi is certainly not a player created for duels with physically strong rivals.

Reason for leaving?

Nishi left the second team because Legia Warsaw changed politics. Originally, this team was to be a mix of experienced players along with youth players working their way in. In the spring, they were put on juniors and the average age was dropped to 18-19 in specific matches. As Nishi did not have a chance to play at the highest level in Legia, the club decided not to extend his contract with him, and loaned him to Slovak side Zemplin Mihalovce.

Where do you think he would be best utilized with Daegu FC?

He is best suited for the #8 role. In the past, Nishi played more attacking than the last few months. In my opinion, he can help the team play as a "quarterback" and influence the culture of the game and regulate Daegu's pace.

What should K League fans expect from him?

I think he can be a solid player in K League. The supporters will always be able to count on the fact that Nishi will give them time, talk a moment, take a photo, and give autographs. He truly has a good personality.

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