Yoshi came into the team when he clearly wasn't ready - whose fault this is is unimportant - what is important is the fact that Yoshi didn't do anywhere near as badly as he was made to feel and our 'saviour' Dave Beasant has fared no better between the sticks. Kawaguchi was made a scapegoat by fans who didn't give him a chance due to the fact he was Japanese and an easy target. It seems amazing to this site that the Fratton Park fans would rather see the 'chest beating, poor distribution' antics of Dave Beasant in goal over the world class talents of Kawaguchi. Beasant is of a bygone era, Yoshi is the future.
He was quite rightly removed from the team, his confidence shattered by fickle fans (the Anoraks call it 'Fratton Eye') and Yoshi has worked hard ever since in training. training with the youth team, biding his time, working like a true professional waiting for a chance that doesn't seem to be coming. In the meantime Beasant was shipping more than someone eating sushi on a dodgy stomach and publicy stating how bad Yoshi was on national TV: His comments about Kawaguchi being signed on a purely commercial level were an absolute disgrace to the club and despite Kawaguchi trying the stick up for Bez, it is clear that the 'veteran' is not helping Yoshi on behind the scenes, if anything he is hindering his progress. What Beasant hopes to achieve by this at 42 is anyones guess.
The fact that Yoshi hasn't played reserve team football is baffling to say the
Two Japanese clubs are interested in the goalkeeper, one strongly believed to be Jubilo Iwata, but it is unclear whether the deal will be a loan move or an embarrassing exit for Pompey's most famous signing. The player needs a fair chance and has the ability to go all the way and it would be a tremendous loss for Pompey if someone of this calibre was allowed to leave. It's time for this club to move forward, not take steps backward. Vote on the main page, so that Fratton Faithful can get a clear indication of the fans' feelings and see where we go from there.