As of today, Take Kubo plays for Getafe, a team scrapping to get back to mid table footing. Anyone who has watched a large amount of his play at Villarreal would agree that this is far more his level than a team pushing for the Champions League.
In some ways, Kubo’s arrival at Villarreal was a bad fit from the start. Once we moved out of the 442 into a three man attack, there was no doubt that Gerard Moreno was going to be the first choice on the right side. Kubo then had to prove that he should be ahead of Chukwueze in the rotation as the second option. Failing that, he would have to prove he was a better central option than Manu Trigueros or a better left side option than Moi Gomez or one of our two excellent attacking left backs moved up the pitch. None of these things materialized.
To make matters worse for Kubo, Yeremi Pino showed himself to be far more willing to work within Villarreal’s system and get results that way. Kubo’s tendency to drift out of his position and destabilize our shape improved as the year went along, but ultimately it was too little too late. If Kubo doesn’t fix this at Getafe, Jose Bordalas isn’t going to play him either.
Kubo finishes his time at Villarreal with one goal and three assists in all competitions having played 694 minutes in 19 appearances. We wish Kubo well in the future. His departure opens up a non-EU slot on Villarreal’s roster which may end up being used on Santiago Caseres, so keep an eye on that.