Kamis, 20 September 2012

Yoshida will 'grow' with Saints

Yoshida: Impressed in Japan's Olympic football campaign

The Japan centre-back, 24, was given a baptism of fire as he made his Saints debut in the 6-1 thrashing at Arsenal last weekend.

He was thrust into action at the Emirates following Jos Hooiveld's early injury and admits the Premier League is a tougher proposition than the Dutch top flight.

But Yoshida, who produced a series of commanding displays as Japan finished fourth in the London 2012 Olympic Games, believes moving to England was the logical step in his career.

"I think the Premier League is a much, much higher level than the Eredivisie, so I have to get used to the speed and physicality," he said.

"That's why I chose the Premier League and I think I will grow up more - for myself and for the World Cup in Brazil."

Yoshida, whose nation are already well on their way to qualifying for Brazil 2014, sought the advice of new Saints team-mate, and fellow Japan international, Tadanari Lee ahead of his move last month.

And he is happy with the start to his new life at the recently-promoted South Coast club.

"The Premier League is one of my great targets and, of course, Tadanari Lee is playing as well and I think that will help me," Yoshida told the Southern Daily Echo. "Of course, I asked him many things; about housing, the team-mates, the coach and the culture.

"Southampton is a very nice place. In the south, not far from London and I think I can buy Japanese food. And nearby there's a port, so there will be a nice view, I think."

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