After the departure of Casper De Norre to Racing Genk STVV is shy of defenders. Ko Itakura is in the picture. This 21-year-old Japanese – born in Yokohama – picked up his first minutes in the first team of top club Kawasaki Frontale on August 6, 2016. That season Itakura came into action three times in the J-League.
In 2017 he came to five short incursions. Last year he conquered a starting place at Vegalta Sendai, which also plays in the first division. Good for 24 games in which he scored twice.