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Mallorca Assistant Coach: “Takefusa Kubo is much better than when he arrived”

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Dani Pendin only had words of praise for the young Japanese sensation

RCD Mallorca v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Guillermo Sanchez Garcias / AFP7 / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images

The assistant coach for Real Mallorca, Dani Pendin, spoke with journalist Agustín Commisso about a number of topics including 19-year-old Takefusa Kubo. The Japanese winger has become one of Mallorca’s best players over the team’s last four to five matches. Pendin pointed to the growth that has occurred for the teenager while on loan for the island club:

“Kubo is a much better player than when he arrived. We have worked a lot with him. It helps that he is very intelligent. He is a boy of 19 years, but has a head like 30. He is very polite, respectful, and pays a lot of attention every time the coach speaks,” Pendin told Commisso in an interview.

Pendin was also quick to note how valuable Kubo’s wand of a left foot is to his game. “As a left-footed player, Kubo has a privilege and he carries a gift that God gave him, that quality he has to play and to control. He also has a lot of speed, be it in short bursts or long sprints, and a very good strike,” he concluded.

Kubo’s performance vs Barcelona today has drawn many positive plaudits. The coronavirus break did not impede his momentum in La Liga. All of Mallorca’s best opportunities stem from the creativity and attacking ingenuity of their X-factor, Takefusa Kubo. Recent performances has only given more credence to Pendin’s comments.