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Keisuke Honda has been one of the surprise hits at the World Cup. Should we sign him? Discuss it now.

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25/06/2010 08:39,

Scouting: Keisuke Honda

Apart from being a headline-writer's dream, Japan's wing wonder would make a top addition to Sir Alex's squad, says Talking Reds scout Sarb...

Player name: Keisuke Honda
National team: Japan
Club team: CSKA Moscow
Position: Centre/Left Midfield
Age: 24
Match scouted: Japan 3-1 Denmark, 24 June 2010
Key moment: His goal from a long-range free-kick was stunning.
Strengths: He is very tactically aware and is also very versatile - he can play in most positions in midfield. If required, he could also play full-back, or even as a striker. He's at the centre of the majority of Japan's attacking play. He is a dead-ball specialist for which he earned the nickname 'New Wonderboy of Japan'. Moreover, he is still fairly young, aged 24, and his strengths can be further developed at Old Trafford.
Weaknesses: He might take some time adjusting to the English Premier League, particularly physically, and also with communication at first.
Suitability: There are a number of roles he could fulfill. He can be a striker alongside Rooney, or a replacement for either Giggs or Scholes. He is so versatile that he might fit in anywhere, except maybe the right flank.
Estimated cost: CSKA purchased him from VVV Venlo for £4million last January. So by now, and after his dazzling World Cup performances, I think £8million should be able to persuade CSKA to part with him.


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