One of the positive things to have come out of the infamous "Kashima Kabakura" incident is that Zico has been able to call up Kashiwa Reysol forward Keiji Tamada.
Without Kubo and Okubo, Zico had no option but to look elsewhere for another J.League striker to accompany Masashi Motoyama. His other three forwards all play in Europe: Yanagisawa, Suzuki and Takahara.
Tamada is a fine choice by Zico.
As Reysol fans quickly discovered, Tamada is a predominantly left-footed player. He has a lovely first touch, an abundance of natural ability, and is a well-balanced runner.
Quite simply, he looks like a quality player in everything he does.
I spoke to Tsuneyasu Miyamoto about Tamada at the Narita City training ground this week.
Tsune said that, prior to the training camp, he thought Tamada only had a left foot.
"When I play against him I must put pressure on his left foot, but I have found that his right foot is improving.
"I think he has very high potential."
Tsune said Tamada's qualities were that he could go for goal on his own, or he can use the other players around him.
"He is not an egoist," said Tsune.
"He has spirit, a good shot and a good cross."
At the moment, Tamada is in a squad of 23 players. That number must be reduced to 18 for the match in Singapore on Wednesday night, so will Tamada make the cut?
It's unlikely that Zico will bring back the three forwards from Europe and then not pick them, so it looks like Motoyama and Tamada might be competing for the fourth place for the forwards.
If Tamada is left out, I can't imagine him being too negative about it, as he knows he has made his mark already.
He is still only 23 (24 on April 11) and Japan's national team has a busy year with a couple of European tours coming up.
Tamada will get his chance sooner or later.