Maya Yoshida

  • Maya Yoshida
  • Age27
  • Apps97
  • Contract2018/06/30
  • Height6ft 2in (1.89m)
  • PositionDefender

On 30 August 2012, he agreed to join Southampton on a three-year contract for a fee thought to be in the region of £3 million.

He made his debut for the Saints on 15 September 2012, against Arsenal in a 6–1 defeat, coming on as a 28th-minute substitute for Jos Hooiveld.

He then made his home debut a week later on 22 September 2012 in a 4–1 win over Aston Villa, playing the whole 90 minutes.

On 9 August 2013, it was announced that Yoshida would be on the front cover of the Japanese Edition of FIFA 14.

He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup on 6 November 2013.

He scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–1 defeat at West Ham United on 22 February 2014 after a Steven Davis free kick.

His next goal came on 20 December 2014, in a 3–0 victory over Everton, with Steven Davis again providing the assist.

In January 2015 Southampton announced that Yoshida and the club had agreed terms to an extension of his contract until 2018.

On 28 October, he scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season with a 20-yard strike against Aston Villa in the League Cup.

Yoshida’s second goal of the season came on 6 February 2016 in a 1–0 victory at St. Mary’s over West Ham.

Further reading: Wikipedia