Comfortable in a number of attack-minded positions, Takashi Usami is among the many options that Japan coach Akira Nishino will be able to choose from to shape his attack at Russia 2018. Mainly used as a left winger at club and international level, Usami enjoys cutting in from the left flank and producing chances. He also showed his versatility during a loan spell with German second-tier club Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he appeared on the right flank and as a secondary striker.
Russia 2018 will be an opportunity for Usami to add to his list of appearances at top international competitions. As a youngster, he featured for the Samurai Blue at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 before taking part in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012.