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Monday, June 27, 2011
We're very excited to see you again, too!
The kit has changed, and so will the number, but all FC Tokyo supporters are abuzz with the news that former Aji Sta hero Lucas will once again don a red and blue shirt. After persistent injuries caused the club to terminate the loan contract of Pedro Junior, we needed to find a swift replacement with Sota Hirayama and Daiki Takamatsu still a couple of months away from returning, and Lucas has answered the bat call, and is at training as I type this!
(Right...deep breaths...) I first heard the news yesterday morning courtesy of @MarioUrawa on twitter (he's a Urawa fan, but we'll forgive him this once, eh?) who tweeted a photo of an article from Nikkan Sports that said the big man was on his way back to the capital. It was still just a rumour obviously, and with the official puppet newspaper of the club, Tokyo Chunichi Sports, saying nothing, we were left to wonder if it was true.
My initial reaction was that the move made a lot of sense, as in the absence of Sota and his deputy Daiki we had lacked a real target man. Roberto Cesar, while a good player in his own right, wasn't signed to play as a lone frontman and certainly seems more comfortable operating a bit deeper, attacking from the flanks (quite similar to Cabore in that regard). Lucas, never the fastest and at 32 certainly not getting any faster (!) would appear to be the ideal type to lead the line alongside The Salad.
While we wondered how Nikkan had scooped ToChu (Had the club told the latter not to publish the story yesterday? I wondered...) the news was confirmed via a tweet from a man on the inside at Gamba Osaka, @JSoccerMagazine (Alan Gibson):
"Lucas is already in Tokyo and has signed his contract for #fct #FCTokyo
confirmed by friends at Gamba who have spoken!"
Lucas had spent three years at Gamba, of course, after leaving us at the end of 2007, before returning to his homeland earlier this year and officially retiring on May 11th while registered with one of his former clubs, Atletico Paranaense.
That confirmation from Alan sent the #FCTokyo twitter tag into a frenzy, and this morning ToChu finally came good with a story, including the juicy info that Gamba had also made Lucas an offer to return, as they've just lost Adriano to Qatar. But luckily for us, our second all-time J.League top scorer - with 48 league goals between 2004 & 2007 - has chosen to come home.
When Lucas will be ready to play is questionable, but seeing as though he's at training today you'd have to say there's at least a slight chance he'll be ready to make the bench on Saturday evening at home to Tottori, although perhaps the game at Oita the weekend after is more likely.
I'll have more to say on the tactical implications of his return in later posts, but for now, please join me in saying.... WelcomehomeLucas!
Update 4.40pm Here is at training, with thanks to @tokyoloves on twitter. WAHEY!