Full name in native alphabet: 後藤 啓介
Date of birth: 03/06/2005 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Shizuoka (Japan)
Youth career: Júbilo Iwata
Current club: Júbilo Iwata
Squad number: 42
Current national team: Japan U-18
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 50.000 €
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: 31.01.2027
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Armando Broja
– off-the-ball movement
– link-up play
– a very complete profile for a striker of his age but still needs to work hard to polish some elements of his game such as first touch and composure in the final third
Style of play:
– complete forward/modern target man
– tall player with very good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations and knows how to use his body to gain advantage
– very good pace for a player of his size
– clinical finisher capable on both feet
– determined forward with a killer instinct, good technique on the ball, and cleverness in his off-the-ball movements
– great sense of positioning while receiving through balls
– his physical power and intellect let him play fruitfully with his back to the goal/very good ability to connect with midfield and attacking partners
– often moves deeper into midfield and draws defenders with him in order to create and exploit spaces for his teammates
– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize
– in addition to his target man skills, he’s also very prolific face to goal when attacking space
– extremely difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his strength, ability to shield the ball, and decent close control
– likes to take advantage of the carelessness of the opponents/always alert to capitalize on defensive mistakes
– aerial threat in the opposition box
– very active in pressing/likes to press and hassle the opposition’s centre-backs effectively
– operates very comfortably with his weaker left foot
Goto wins the aerial duel with ease and scores with a powerful header.
Goto loses his markers after a through ball and scores with a precise finish.
Goto shows his instinct in the penalty area and scores with a simple tap-in.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre-forward in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 25 April 2023):
J2 League 2023 (ongoing): 11 games/4 goals (Júbilo Iwata)
Keisuke Goto is a product of the Júbilo Iwata youth academy. He is considered to be one of the most interesting U19s in Japan. Keisuke made his first-team debut on 18 February 2023 in the J2 League game against Fagiano Okayama in which he scored a superb brace after coming off the bench. At the age of 17 years, 8 months and 15 days, he became the youngest scorer in Júbilo Iwata’s history. He is also a regular Japanese youth international and currently, he is a member of the U-18 team.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European league.