The votes are all in, they've been counted and it can now - at last - be confirmed that the GGOA Player of the Year So Far is none other than keeper Koji Ezumi. The 29-year-old earned this sought-after title after a string of fine performances against the likes of high-flying Nagoya Grampus 8. It is also notable how less confident the Ardija back line is when second string Hiroki Aratani appears in goal.
Ezumi's main rival for the award was top scorer Denis Marques, whose personal highlight occurred in the 4-2 win at JEF United, when he twice burst down the Ardija right to fire home in spectacular fashion. Captain Yoshiyuki Kobayashi and dark horse reserve defender Takuro Nishimura have to be content with a shared third place, while Leandro and Pedro Junior received, if we're being honest, no votes at all. So, congratulations Koji!