postheadericon SPANISH TRIO STRUGGLING IN JAPAN

The J League has made the headlines in the past three years with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Andreas Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres signing as marquee signings. With a wealth of experience among the players, you would be expecting plain sailing.

However, it has not been smooth progress as all four players have flattered to deceive since making the big money moves.  The trio of David Villa, Iniesta and Podolski play for Vissel Kobe which is owned by Japanese tech giants Rakuten.

Rakuten doubles as the major sponsor of Barcelona and have spent a fortune to ensure that Vissel Kobe can compete for their first ever league title. However, results have not been forthcoming as the club has lost seven matches in a row and languishes in the midtable this season.

This is a big disappointment for the team that has the largest wage bill in the entire league with Iniesta reportedly on a yearly salary of $10,million.

There have also been suggestions of internal wranglings in the club with the issue of the captain armband. Former coach Juan Manuel Lillo was sacked by the club due to poor results with Iniesta taking over the captain armband from Podolski.

The German World Cup winner went on social media to air his grievances claiming that he had been lied to and betrayed by some elements within the club. Meanwhile Fernando Torres has not fared better at Sagan Tosu.

The Spanish forward is yet to score this season for Sagan Tosu who lie bottom on the table. The club narrowly escaped relegation last season and it had been hoped that Torres would be able to change things this season. David Villa recently joined Vissel Kobe but has found a bit difficult to adapt. However, we expect the striker to start banging in goals which would help the club fight for titles.

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