Today’s meet the players features looks at a player who has missed just 10 minutes of Fujieda action all season – Ken Hisatomi.
Name: Ken Hisatomi
Joined Fujieda: August 2012 on loan, February 2013 permanently
2012 appearances (goals): 3 (1) for Matsumoto Yamaga & 9 (1) for Fujieda
Ken Hisatomi made his professional debut at the age of just 18 when he came on as an 81st minute substitue for Yokohama FC in J League 2 on 30th May 2009. He then went on to make five further appearances from the bench as he gained experience in Japan’s second tier.
However, despite beginning to make the break through in 2009, Hisatomi failed to progress the next season although he did make his first career in November of that year as he played the full ninety minutes in his side’s 1-0 win over Consadole Sapporo. He went on to play just 45 minutes more that season, which could be described as disappointing from the midfielder’s point of view.
A transfer to Matsumoto Yamaga then followed as the youngster looked to get more playing time in the 2011 season. It did not pay off as he made just three starts for the club, all of which were in the Emperor’s Cup. 2012 was slightly better for Hisatomi though as he scored his first ever professional goal for Yamaga, despite only playing 16 minutes in three appearances. His goal came against Ehime FC in August 2012 and was a crucial equilser for his side.
This goal was not enough for him to stay in the J2 club’s plans however and 10 days after his first goal, he was loaned out to Fujieda MYFC. He then went on to experience a run of games like never before in his career, starting in MYFC’s last nine league games, scoring once in a spell which saw his new club lose just two games.
It was no surprise when at the start of this season, Hisatomi made his move to Fujieda permanent after the success of last season’s loan move. He has continued his form into this year as well as he has started in all five games so far this season, missing only 10 minutes in the 2-0 away to Mio when he was subbed. He has also picked up an assist against Ryukyu.
Very small at just 160cm, the 22 year old is agile and quick. He is equally adapt at playing as an orthodox right midfielder or further up the pitch behind the strikers or on the right wing, which was were he scored for Yamaga. He also has an eye for a pass with three assists so far in his Fujieda MYFC career.