Ryunosuke Sato

Ryunosuke Sato

Full name in native alphabet: 佐藤 龍之介

Country: Japan

Date of birth: 16/10/2006 (16 years old)

Place of birth: Japan

Height: 169cm

Youth career: FC Tokyo

Current club: FC Tokyo

Squad number: 52

Current national team: Japan U-17

Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 50.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup (5/2)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Luka Modrić/Gavi


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– creativity

– flair

– agility

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To improve:

– more accurate and powerful mid and long-range shooting skills would be a great addition to his skillset

– physical development/strength

– aerial duels

Style of play:

– roaming playmaker/advanced playmaker

– player of a small frame who’s very combative and is not afraid of physical duels with much larger and stronger opponents

– a very interesting mix of a box-to-box midfielder and playmaker

– tactically astute and technically capable of playing in various tactical systems

– an interesting option to develop into a good deep-lying orchestrator in the future and play deeper in midfield as the man who will be able to control the tempo of the game

– perfect player for a high-intensity and pressing team

– superb pace, agility, and coordination

– likes to be fielded in a free role in midfield, where he is given space to roam the pitch

– creative player with great technique on the ball, acceleration skills, fast direction shifts, short-dribbling, and good short-mid through passing ability

– likes to dribble

– very vertical mix of a ball carrier and passer/often creates numerical superiority with his progressive runs and passes

high football IQ and spatial awareness

– mobile and energetic player who covers a lot of space and often is an additional passing option

– player with a great vision to execute killer passes and set up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates

– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and movement

– feels very comfortable in quick combination and one-touch play

– great ball control and passing skills at top speed

– very good composure and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player

– superb technique, footwork, and close control in tight spaces

– doesn not hesitate to track back and work for the team

– very combative and tenacious in the defensive phase

– good indirect set-piece taker

Sato provides a superb assist after a good counter-attacking run.
Sato spots the movement of his teammate and provides an assist with a brilliant pass.
Sato makes a surging run into the penalty area, but his shot lacks power and precision.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Central midfielder in 4-3-3.



2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup winner with Japan.

League summary (as for 1 August 2023):

No senior team appearances yet.


Ryunosuke Sato is considered to be one of the most talented U17s in Asia. He made his professional debut for FC Tokyo on 8 March 2023 in the J.League Cup game against Cerezo Osaka. In June 2023, he was one of Japan’s at the AFC U-17 Asian Cup, where young Samurais won the gold medal in great style and showed a very interesting generation of players such as Keita Kosugi, Yumeki Yoshinaga, Gaku Nawata, Yutaka Michiwaki, Ryunosuke Yada, Shuto Nagano, and Yotaro Nakajima.


Football Talent Scout potential rating:

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First team material in a top European league.





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