Takehiro Tomiyasu Wages & Contract
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Takehiro Tomiyasu plays for Arsenal Football Club and the Japanese national team. Tomiyasu was born into an athletic family; his father a former baseball player, his mother raced competitively in track and field events, and both of his sisters are brilliant swimmers.
Tomiyasu was originally a swimmer, but destiny had other plans in store. While running on a treadmill one day, an accident caused his mouth to be severely injured by the conveyor belt. His injury prohibited him from swimming for quite some time, so he decided to channel that newfound free time into football instead - and it would turn out to be a life-altering decision.
Tomiyasu impressed coaches with his speed and Kanji Tsuji scouted Tomiyasu for the Sanchiku Kickers. At the age of 11, he managed to secure a trial at Barcelona FC. The trials went well and the club would offer him a place at the academy however Tomiyasu was forced to decline due to relocation issues. Despite being unable to train at La Masia alongside some of the world's most talented youth prospects, he remembers his experience there as inspiring.
Tomiyasu would instead join Avispa Fukuoka where he played in various midfield and defensive positions but eventually settled at centre-back. He was promoted to the first team in 2015 and became an integral part of their lineup two years later; around this time he started catching the attention of clubs internationally.
The following season Tomiyasu signed for Belgian team Sint-Truiden where he would spend 18 months playing at centre-back and right-back. At 6ft 2in he is tall for a right-back which gives him an advantage in defending cross-field balls intended to go over the defense.
In June of 2019, Tomiyasu made the move to Serie A's Bologna where he was mainly deployed as a right-back. This role enabled him to join in with attacking play more often and during 2020/21 season he scored two impressive goals for his team.
In the following transfer window he was connected to a handful of Premier League sides and ultimately sealed the deal with Arsenal for £15 million. He signed on for four years - with a club option to extend it for a 5th. Since joining the club Arteta has played him at right-back and he is often given a license to go forward and support the team in attack. Tomiyasu’s passing ability allows him to link up well with players in forward positions and his speed and agility make him difficult to dribble past in defense.
Tomiyasu's international career began when he played for Japan's under-14 national team. In 2018 he was given his first call-up to the men’s first team. Tomiyasu played his first major tournament for Japan in the Asian Cup and would be selected again for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.