Western Sydney have boosted their push for a second Asian Champions League title, signing Japanese attacking midfielder Jumpei Kusukami.
The Wanderers recruited the 28-year-old from J-League side Sagan Tosu for the next two seasons as the club continues the hunt for an elusive A-League championship.
But it’s in the 2017 ACL that Kusukami could make a considerable difference, given he qualifies as an Asian visa player.
It means the Wanderers can select four imports for the continent’s premier tournament, famously won by coach Tony Popovic’s outfit in 2014.
Both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory had to make do with using only three imports in their 2016 ACL campaigns as neither had an Asian player on their books.
But Popovic has always taken the ACL extremely seriously and will be seeking to ensure the best possible balance in the upcoming battle on two fronts, after struggling to do so in a shocking 2014-15 A-League campaign.
“Kusukami has played a lot of matches in one of the top leagues in Asia,” Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas said.
Via: Sydney Morning Herald