Former Liverpool target has again been linked with a move to Anfield this week. Interest in the player was high when he had an excellent 2008/09 season in Holland playing for VVV-Venlo, and at the end of 2009, after being linked with Liverpool and other Premier League and European clubs, Honda signed for Russian outfit CSKA Moskow for €6M.
This move coincided with his rise in stature in the Japanese National team, where Honda starred in the 2010 World Cup and the Asia Cup, where he was voted Most Valuable Player. Again, Honda was in high demand during the summer, but stayed in Moscow, honouring his 4-year contract.
Yesterday it emerged that Honda is ready to leave Moscow and try his luck else ware. “My life has been a series of ups and downs. Right now I’d have to say it is a downer. That includes my current situation at CSKA.” He told press.
After Honda’s personal success in the World Cup, he has become an idolised player in Japanese footballer. In a similar way to Ji-Sung Park at Manchester United, a move for Honda would provide substantial economical benefits to a club buying him, where extra revenue could be made through shirt sales in the Far East.
Known as a versatile player, Honda is recognised as an attacking midfielder, but has also been known to play anywhere across the midfield as well as left-back, and Honda is known for his passing abilities and his vision. His sweet left foot and ability to drop deep to link others into play has become a big part of his game.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has expressed his desire for a wide player and having signed Jordan Henderson during a week – fans will question just what role Honda could fill.
With another 2-years left on his contract in Russia, the fee may not come cheap, and CSKA recently showed a hands off warming to clubs. But with the player unsettled it may not be long before Honda is seen pulling on the shirt of one of the Premier League or La Liga’s elite.