Shinji Kagawa played a starring role in Japan’s 4-2 victory over New Zealand today to give David Moyes some food for thought ahead of Manchester United’s game against West Brom on Saturday.
The midfielder grabbed a goal and an assist within the first eight minutes against New Zealand in a confident performance that showed his lack of minutes at club level hasn’t affected him too much.
Obviously, given the fact that Japan played against New Zealand, you can’t see this performance from Kagawa as proof that he god’s gift to football but what it does show is that he can still impact a game with individual moments despite his lack of football this season – the pass for his assist was exquisite and cut the New Zealand defence wide open.
As Robin van Persie missed training yesterday, he is a doubt for Holland’s game against France today and for Manchester United’s game against West Brom. It could be an opportunity for Moyes to start Kagawa in a front three alongside Januzaj and Mata behind Rooney.
Football is all about confidence and Kagawa would have taken plenty from his performance against New Zealand. Kagawa admits he needs to improve to become a regular starter and off the back of his game today, it could be the right time to let him prove himself (again).