Japanese international Keisuke Honda, who signed earlier this year for Italian club AC Milan, is asking fans to be patient with him as he still has to adjust to his new club and a new league. Italian media and the club’s fans have been less than enthusiastic about the playmaker’s performance, having yet to find the net in seven appearances in the Serie A.
The criticism also stems from how high-profile his transfer from CSKA Moscow was and how the club was touting his signing as a big step in reigniting the team’s chances for a Champions League place for next season, seeing as they are currently only 10th in the league standings. Honda believes it’s only “a matter of time” before he starts producing results for the club. “I know it won’t be easy but I will only have to move forward, as I have always done, while enjoying myself,” he told reporters after Japan’s 4-2 win against New Zealand in a friendly international match last Wednesday.
While he has struggled for his club, international duty is another story. He set up two of the Samurai Blue’s four goals, as he was playing in his favorite position, center midfield and behind a lone striker. Maybe that is part of his club woes, as Milan manager Clarence Seedorf has been playing him as a defensive midfielder on the right side. But Honda believes that what is crucial is how he deals with being “uncomfortable” and played out of position, even as he says the playmaking position is his DNA.
[ via Yahoo Sports ]
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