- Squad Number:77
- Date Of Birth:18th June 1998
- Signed On:30th August 2019
- Hearts Debut:31st August 2019
Hearts completed the loan signing of Ryotaro Meshino from Manchester City on a season-long deal prior to the summer transfer window closing.
The 21-year-old became the Jambos’ first-ever Japanese player and wears the no. 77 shirt.
The Osaka-born forward came through the youth ranks at Gamaba Osaka – one of the J-League’s most successful clubs – before penning his first professional contract at the age of 17.
Consistently impressing in the U23 side, where he had around a 1 in 3 strike rate, he made his senior debut in April 2018.
Scorer of some spectacular goals, Ryotaro went on to make a total of 36 appearances for Gamba’s first team, scoring six times, before catching the attention of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
He moved to the Etihad Stadium on a permanent deal in August before being granted a work permit and visa to play for Hearts.
The forward scored in only his second appearance, against Motherwell, before getting his second against Rangers.