Wolves have completed the signing of Hayao Kawabe from Grasshopper Club Zurich in the Swiss League. Kawabe is set to become the first Japanese player to represent the club after signing a three and a half years deal. He is set to return to the Swiss club on loan until the end of the season.
He joined Grasshoppers from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last season and has scored four goals while providing three assists in his 18 appearances. Kawabe made his international debut for Japan against South Korea this year and has gone on to earn three more caps. He scored his first goal against Tajikistan in June.
“Naturally, Hayao is a player we’ve watched a lot and he’s done really well this season.” Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said about Hayao Kawabe. “He’s an attacking midfield player, very energetic, very busy, and has good quality. He’s really shone at Grasshoppers this year, and he’s one of the main reasons they’re doing so well.”
“Due to the GBE criteria for signing international players, Hayao is a player who is eligible to sign for a British club this month, but may not be in the future, which is why we’ve moved now to confirm his signing,” he added. “Hayao will spend January with Bruno’s group while the Swiss Super League is on a winter break, then he’ll likely return to Grasshoppers to finish the season there, as he has been an important player for them so far this season.”