From: 1.FSV Mainz 05
To: Leicester City
Why have Leicester City signed him?
Okazaki has an impressive goalscoring record, both at club level and international level. He will be used to strengthen Leicester City’s attacking force and to provide more options going forward. With 79 goals in 249 league games, the Japanese international is an experienced striker. He also boasts a fantastic 43 goals in 93 international games for Japan, making him the third highest scorer in the Japan national team’s history. During his time in Germany playing for VfB Stuttgart and 1. FSV Mainz 05, the striker became the most prolific Japanese player in Bundesliga history with 37 goals.
Will he be a good capture?
Okazaki is an interesting acquisition for Leicester. With options upfront including Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Andrej Kramaric, the Japan international could find chances to be limited. At £7m, he was an expensive buy and could find it difficult to live up to his hefty price tag. However, the 29-year-old does possess an ability to score goals and has adapted well in several different teams as a main striker. After a promising debut for the Foxes on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season against Sunderland, the attacker will be hoping to get on the scoresheet sooner rather than later. I believe this could be a problem throughout the season as it is notoriously harder to score goals in the top English division, than anywhere else in the world.