“Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada’s future at Lazio has become unclear, with the midfielder unsure about staying at the club,” Italian outlet GetfootballnewsItaly reported on April 18 (KST).
Kamada was a rising ace in Japan. In the 2020/21 season, he peaked with 13 assists in the league, and in the 2021/22 season, he led Lazio to their second UEL (UEFA Europa League) title.
The momentum was not lost. Last season, he broke out in the first half for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga and was ranked first among attacking midfielders by the German publication Kicker Langliste. But things changed after the World Cup. He had one of the worst performances at the World Cup and finished the season with no impact in the second half.레모나토토 주소
When Kamada became a free agent this summer, he was inundated with offers. Fellow Bundesliga clubs Dortmund and Leverkusen were the primary suitors, while Benfica and AC Milan were secondary.
The transfer seemed to be happening quickly. European transfer expert Fabrizio Romano wrote: “AC Milan have completed the signing of Daichi Kamada. The contract is for five years, with only a medical remaining,” and the deal seemed to be finalized, but Italy’s non-EU issues ultimately derailed the deal.
He eventually moved to traditional Italian giants Lazio and seemed to set the tone early on, starting in the starting lineup. He also started against Genoa in the second round, but failed to make an impact and the team suffered a second straight defeat.
In the seventh minute of the third leg against SSC Napoli, with the score tied at 1-1, he scored his first goal in Serie A and his debut for SS Lazio, finishing with his left foot from a Luis Alberto through ball on the counterattack. The goal seemed to put him in the driver’s seat, but the momentum was short-lived.
He started against Juventus in the fourth round and assisted Luis Alberto’s late equalizer in the 18th minute, but was otherwise ineffective. In the subsequent games, he was one of the worst performers in each game and started more and more games from the bench.
His lack of defensive involvement was seen as a major contributor to the midfield balance, and he was eventually relegated to being Luis Alberto’s backup. With just one goal and one assist in 10 games, his first season in Italy is becoming increasingly unsuccessful.
Now, speculation is mounting about his future. As Daniel Longo of Italy’s Calcio Mercato writes, “A few weeks ago, Kamada was enthusiastic about his experience in Rome. But now there are doubts that Lazio president Claudio Lotito will let him go before the 2023 Asian Cup even starts.”
Kamada has taken time to settle into Maurizio Sarri’s system, and Sarri believes he has yet to find a balance when playing alongside Nicolo Lobela and Luis Alberto. Kamada’s future is unclear, but he has been linked with a move in recent days.