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Maya Yoshida | Defensemen

Team: Southampton
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 172

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Maya Yoshida shifted to left-back during Southampton's match against QPR yesterday and was successful in the role.
Matt Targett picked up an injury in the first half and Florin Gardos replaced him, but it was Yoshida who slid over to left-back while Gardos was utilized centrally. Yoshida was great in the win, picking up the game winning assist and a clean sheet. He finished with 16 fantasy points, which was nice to see for fantasy managers after a negative six point performance last week(due to a yellow card and four fouls). Yoshida is generally useful in fantasy when he starts, and we would expect him to start again next week. There is a chance that Matt Targett and Toby Alderweireld both return for next weekend, in which case it's worth monitoring Yoshida's starting status. Feb 8 - 11:37 AM

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Maya Yoshida and Florin Gardos are in a battle to earn a start in Southampton's match against Swansea this weekend.

Yoshida just returned from international duty and will be challenging Gardos for a start. Gardos was benched earlier this month for playing poorly, but he looked much better once Yoshida was out for international duty. This will likely be a mystery up until lineups are announced and we don't feel good with either defender in formats where you can't change the lineup up until kickoff.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 30 - 10:41 AM

Ronald Koeman shook his formation up in an effort to snap a four game losing streak in league play and the plan paid off as Maya Yoshida scored a goal and helped keep a clean sheet in an impressive 3-0 drubbing of Everton.

With a rash of injuries in central midfield, Koeman was almost forced into playing Yoshida with Toby Alderweireld and Jose Fonte at centerback and allowing Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne to play higher up as wingbacks because there are so many central midfielders either injured or suspended. The Saints were fortunate to have a Romelu Lukaku own goal give them all they needed to win in the first half, but they put the game to bed in the 2nd as Graziano Pelle notched his eighth goal of the season and with time running out, Yoshida scored with more of a shoulder than an outright header, but he will take it. A huge haul for him for the two people in the world that may have played him. Considering the positive result, we may see more 5-3-2 from Southampton, further increasing the attraction of Bertrand and Clyne.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Southampton have signed Romanian defender Florin Gardos as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.

Gardos has joined Southampton on a four-year deal. The 25 year old is an experienced defender who can provide an immediate replacement for Lovren. Southampton's squad has definitely lost an edge from last season but the new signings they've brought in should keep the club competitive for another top ten finish. Gardos possesses a lot of quality and could be a great fantasy choice if he's prized well in the Yahoo! game. Maya Yoshida is the one likely to lose his starting spot.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Japan look to be heading in the wrong direction, squandering several chances with a man advantage, and as a result are on the verge of elimination after a 0-0 draw with Greece.

Japan had to think one goal might be enough to win headed into this one given Greece's lack of scoring ability, but they simply couldn't break through. Once they were given a man advantage, they were dominating possession but could not find the end product in the final third, including two clear chances on net around the 70th minute. They are not eliminated yet, but they would need to defeat Colombia by a considerable margin and hope for a draw between Ivory Coast and Greece to get through. Maya Yoshida earns a clean sheet for his efforts.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Japan struck first and were ahead as the match entered the final half hour, but a two goal barrage by the Ivorians spoiled the day as the Samurai Blue come away empty-handed in the 2-1 loss.

Maya Yoshida started at center back and other than a yellow card in the first half was part of an effective defensive unit against the physical Ivorians but eventually the opponents were twice able to muscle through for headers. Shinji Kagawa made some contributions but was generally quiet in this one as Japan now look to topple Greece.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Maya Yoshida has suffered a knee injury and is set to miss the rest of season.

Yoshida was the main backup for Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte at Southampton but the Japanese international will miss the last seven games. There is no word on how serious the injury is but there has not been talk of ruptured ligaments. Jos Hooiveld will step up as the primary backup but is not expected to get much run as long as Lovren and Fonte are healthy.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Maya Yoshida helped Japan to a 4-2 win over New Zealand today.

Yoshida was left on the bench for Southampton's game against Liverpool with Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren both healthy but he is still the first choice in Japan's back line. He played all 90 minutes in today's friendly. Yoshida is only a fantasy option if Lovren or Fonte are out with injury.
Source: DailyEcho
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Maya Yoshida scored his first Premier League goal in a 3-1 loss to West Ham United.

Yoshida's goal wasn't enough even. Southampton dominated big parts of possession in this game but West Ham's defense was too much handle and the Hammers were able to score three goals with some luck. On another day, this game would have ended in a draw or a Southampton win, but this is why they play the game. Adam Lallana had another good game but finished with only six fantasy points after receiving a late yellow card.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 12:16:00 PM

Southampton XI vs Sunderland in the Capital One Cup: K. Davis (c), Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Reed, S. Davis, Ramírez, Lee, Rodriguez. ---SUBS---Gazzaniga (GK), Clyne, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Isgrove, Stephens, Gallagher.

As expected, Mauricio Pochettino played the reserves against Sunderland as he makes it clear his focus is on the Premier League. The Saints lineup will be completely different over the weekend and you can expect the production from the usual starters to continue.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 03:38:00 PM

Southampton have shown interest in Lyon's defender Dejan Lovren.

Dejan Lovren is rated at about £12m by Lyon. The Croatian is a young talent, only 23 years of age, and will be a nice addition to Southampton's defense. He can certainly help the Saints in their hopes for climbing the Premier League table and this rumor shows Southampton are serious about improving their team.
Source: DailyMail
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 10:45:00 PM