Wolves: Hayao Kawabe joins but will return to Zurich on loan

Wolves: Hayao Kawabe joins but will return to Zurich on loan

Hayao Kawabe celebrates in a Wolves shirt
Hayao Kawabe scored his first and only goal for Japan against Tajikistan in June

Japan midfielder Hayao Kawabe has joined Wolves from Grasshopper Club Zurich on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 26-year-old will spend January’s Swiss Super League winter break at Molineux before returning to Zurich on loan for the rest of the season.

Kawabe made his senior Japan debut against South Korea in March 2021 and is Wolves’ first Japanese player.

Technical director Scott Sellars said: “Hayao is a player we’ve watched a lot and he’s done really well this season.”

Sellars added: “He’s an attacking midfield player, very energetic, very busy, and has good quality. He’s really shone at Grasshoppers this year, and he’s one of the main reasons they’re doing so well.”

Since joining Grasshoppers from Sanfrecce Hiroshima before the 2021-22 season, Kawabe – capped four times for Japan – has scored four goals and made three assists in 18 appearances.

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Author: Shirley