Getafe midfielder Gaku Shibasaki was making just his 19th appearance for Japan in their opening 2018 World Cup match against Colombia on Tuesday, and it was one to remember for the 26-year-old as the Asian nation won their first match in the tournament for the first time.
Injuries and lack of form have restricted the La Liga man’s involvement with his country in recent years, but he made the most of his opportunity against the South American outfit with a brilliant display from both a defensive and attacking point of view in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, new Everton manager Marco Silva is surely going to be in for a busy summer in the transfer market – although there is probably going to be more outgoings than incomings – and one area that could be a target for the Merseyside outfit, whose fans hate the idea of signing a 26-year-old target after his first display in Russia, to strengthen may be in the middle of the park.
The Telegraph reported on June 13 that the Portuguese boss is ready to give Morgan Schneiderlin a fresh start at Goodison Park following a difficult 2017/18 season for the Frenchman in which he was often heavily criticised by his own fans for his performances, but if he could buy an upgrade he would surely like to.
Shibasaki showed his defensive abilities by making four tackles and two interceptions against Colombia, but it was his performance in the final third that made him stand out as he produced seven crosses and made two key passes to help Japan to victory against their 10-man counterparts.
While Getafe finished eighth in La Liga last term, the 26-year-old may well be available for a reasonable price this summer and if his all-action midfield displays continue, he will surely be snapped up by a bigger club and he has already shown in 90 minutes he would be Everton’s ideal Schneiderlin replacement.