Keisuke Honda was a player who impressed for Japan in their disappointing Confederations Cup campaign - his performances were a joy to behold, particularly against Italy.
By being available on a free transfer in January 2014, the amount of offers for next season will have increased due to his performances.
He is a player who would be well suited to the Premier League and, therefore, this article analyses three potential Premier League clubs that should be urged to make an offer.
Being available for a relatively cheap price is a big plus for Everton, who have little in terms of transfer funds and are therefore always on the lookout for a bargain such as Honda.
His style of play is well-suited for him to be an attractive proposition to new manager Roberto Martinez. Honda likes to play short, sharp passes and is a midfielder who can play in numerous positions.
I feel his best position is an attacking midfielder, whether that is centrally or out wide as seen for Japan. His passing ability could enable him to become the heartbeat of an Everton midfield.
If this transfer happened it could be key to Martinez’s aspirations to gain European football, as this player could help them take them to the next level. I feel this transfer would help Martinez to stamp his style of football on his new team and be seen as a potential bargain of the season.
His speed and skill on the ball should make him an instant hit in the Premier League and add a touch of elegance to the industrial Everton side.
After releasing Mladen Petric, who never really seemed to fit into the Fulham side, Honda could be an ideal replacement and could play just behind the ever-impressive Dimitar Berbatov.
If Honda could play his exquisite passes into Berbatov’s path, then we all know how deadly the Bulgarian can be in front of goal. If they could create a partnership on the pitch as it looks on paper, then it would be deadly and a nightmare for any defence in the Premier League.
Last season would have been seen as a bit of a disappointment for Fulham; they never really looked like going on a cup run and were quite poor in terms of their league performance.
They have started to recruit heavily for next season and I feel the acquisition of Honda would add some real class to the Fulham ranks. Due to the club's strong financial position, this could mean Honda may be able to earn higher wages at Fulham and could therefore be a more attractive proposition for the player.
Although he isn’t French, like most of Newcastle’s recent transfers, Hoonda could still fit in well at St James' Park.
He could even be the man to replace Yohan Cabaye, who has recently been linked with the likes of Monaco and PSG.
Coupled with the fact Alan Pardew spent heavily in the January transfer window, this could mean that the funds for this next transfer window may be at a minimum level and Honda’s low price could be ideal.
He is a perfect replacement for the France international; he is similar in the fact he is very good at set-piece situations and, in addition to this, he can play as the main playmaker in a side. Just like Cabaye. Honda could help Newcastle challenge for European qualification places.
These are three potential suitors for Honda from the Premier League and, although other English teams may be interested, so too will a host of European clubs.
It is for this reason that Honda could end up anywhere across Europe, although I feel his attributes would make him a well-suited Premier League player - and I hope to see him in the league in the near future.
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