After a less than one season playing with football powerhouse Ceres-Negros, Japanese striker Takumi Uesato returns to JPV Marikina where he made a splash and eventually a name in Philippine Football.
Despite scoring goals, particularly in the AFC Champions League qualification and AFC Cup campaigns, perhaps his stint with the Busmen can be considered a lacklustre one due to a barren spell in the Philippines Football League where he only scored four (scoring braces only on two occasions).
Eventually come July 17, the confirmation of Uesato leaving the club has been posted by the man himself through his social media account.
That lull has been a silent one of the forward as his next club or destination has yet been confirmed immediately.
However, exactly after one month (a few hours ago as of this writing to be exact), Uesato posted via his Facebook page confirming that he is now back with his old club.
With his return, it might signal for the striker’s return to form in a system where he previously made waves by scoring 15 goals in 14 appearances for the club where one of the most memorable was a stunning strike from his own half that caught the opposing goalkeeper by surprise.
From a team standpoint his return to the Marikina-based outfit could be a beneficial one as the club has been missing a bit of directness in their offence as of late resulting to an inconsistent run of results that put in an unenviable position of finishing second to the last in the current Philippines Football League season.
With their placing already confirmed with still a few games to spare, the club are most probably looking ahead to the Copa Paulino Alcantara as a means to redeem themselves with a good run and possibly a shot at winning the tournament and eventually getting a slot in the next AFC Cup.
His addition to the frontline will also something that will inject excitement to football fans given the possibility of his linkup plays with creative midfielder Keigo Moriyasu and pacy wingers and forwards such as John Celiz, J Baguioro and Kennedy Uzoka.
Takumi Uesato hailed from Okinawa, Japan and had stints with Kyoto Sanga and FC Ryukyu in Japan’s J. League system and also played for Austrian club Allerheiligen before being with JPV Marikina.
With their former talismanic forward Uesato back in the fold to lead their frontline, witnessing JPV Marikina’s rejuvenation could happen sooner than later.
Photo credit: JPV Marikina Facebook Page