Mid-season loan report: Naoki Tsubaki

In a first-of-its-kind deal for Melbourne City, the club secured Yokohama F. Marinos product Naoki Tsubaki in a season-long loan deal ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Amidst an influx of Japanese players to the A-League, Tsubaki has an opportunity to string together consistent top-flight minutes for the first time in his career and return to Ange Postecoglou a more finished product than he departed.