After a steady debut for Arsenal in the weekend's win over Norwich, Takehiro Tomiyasu could prove to be the answer to Mikel Arteta's defensive woes.
Two of Asia's hottest prospects will line up together for Mallorca in LaLiga this season, but can they both take their careers to the next level?
While it is not a make-or-break year, Takefusa Kubo's third season out on loan could be pivotal to his long-term prospects at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid's Japanese starlet Takefusa Kubo will spend a third consecutive season out on loan after joining Mallorca for the 2021-22 season.
Japan international Kaoru Mitoma has earned a move to Premier League outfit Brighton but will spend the coming season on loan in Belgium.
Japan again fell short in its quest to win its first Olympic medal in men's football since 1968 following a 3-1 defeat to Mexico.
Mexico U23_Japan U23
Japan can still claim a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics even if their quest for gold was ended by Spain in Tuesday's semi-finals.
Marco Asensio scored an extra-time winner to give Spain a 1-0 win against Japan at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu on Tuesday.
Japan face a tough test against Spain in the semi-finals of the men's football at the Tokyo Olympics as they continue their gold medal quest.
Japan playmaker Takefusa Kubo is ready to give Spanish football a reminder of why he already has had spells at the country's biggest clubs.
Hosts Japan displayed nerves of steel as they edged out New Zealand 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the men's Olympic football semifinals.
It was not pretty but Japan did enough to see off New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the Olympics men's football - and that's all that matters.
With the right blend of defensive experience and youthful flair, Japan may have found the key to unlocking gold at the Olympics.
Japan and South Korea will once again represent Asia in Olympic Games men's football after both qualified for the quarterfinals.
South Korea and Japan flew the flag for Asia in Olympics men's football on Sunday, but there was less joy for Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan scored in the opening 11 minutes to lead Japan to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in men's Olympic soccer on Sunday.
After his match-winning contribution in Japan's 1-0 win over South Africa, Takefusa Kubo looks ready to shine on the Olympic stage.
|South Africa U23||3||0||0||3||-5||0|
|South Korea U23||3||2||0||1||+9||6|
|New Zealand U23||3||1||1||1||0||4|
|Ivory Coast U23||3||1||2||0||+1||5|
|Saudi Arabia U23||3||0||0||3||-4||0|