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The J1 League in 2023 has witnessed exceptional performances from three standout players, meticulously identified by the sophisticated Comparisonator platform. Sho Sasaki of Sanfrecce Hiroshima, a commanding center-back, Sho Inagaki from Nagoya Grampus, a tenacious central midfielder, and Yuyo Osako of Vissel Kobe, a prolific center forward, have not only excelled in their respective positions but have also dominated key statistical categories within their peer groups, earning them recognition as the best in the league.

3 Best Players in Japan J1 League – 2023 Season

Sho Sasaki – (CB) Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Sho Sasaki has showcased defensive excellence from the center-back position, leading in crucial metrics within his peer group. Sasaki ranks first in ball recoveries in the opponent’s half (4.35 per match), interceptions in the opponent’s half (1.1 per match), and successful passes to the final third (7.65 per match). His ability to initiate attacks from the back while maintaining a solid defensive presence has been instrumental for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Sho Inagaki – (CMF) Nagoya Grampus

Nagoya Grampus’ Sho Inagaki has been a midfield stalwart, excelling in ball recoveries (11.19 per match), ground duels won (7.81 per match), and defensive ground duels won (5.84 per match). Operating as a central midfielder, Inagaki’s tenacity in winning possession and duels has provided Nagoya Grampus with a crucial foundation in the middle of the park.

Yuyo Osako – (CF) Vissel Kobe

Vissel Kobe’s Yuyo Osako has led the line with clinical efficiency, ranking first in goals (0.65 per match), shot assists (1.24 per match), and ground duels won (6.09 per match) among center forwards. Osako’s goal-scoring prowess and ability to contribute to build-up play make him a key figure in Vissel Kobe’s attacking strategies.

Selected via Comparisonator machine learning index.
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Kemal Taş

Football enthusiast and editor @ Comparisonator.