Squirrels right back Takuro Nishimura has been talking about the notion of competition for a first-team spot, in the light of the likely signing of trialist and one-time Japanese international Takashi Hirano. On paper, Hirano's arrival will put most pressure on left back Yasuhiro Hato, but at the same time there is the possibility that Hato could simply swap over to the right and leave Nishimura on the sidelines. And the emergence this season of U21 international Terukazu Tanaka means that there are arguably four players in the mix for the two side back roles.
"But this is what the professional game is like," said the former Urawa Reds man Nishimura, "and there's always competition for a place in the starting line-up. Everyone knows that Omiya have a problem with scoring goals at the moment and this isn't just a matter for the forwards in the team - it's a responsibility of all of the players. The accuracy of the final ball is important because our priority as a team at the moment is to increase our scoring power."