Ventforet Kofu might be struggling to keep their heads above water this season, but striker Mike Havenaar is making a big splash in the J. League’s first division.

Kofu went into its first top-flight campaign since 2007 hoping to build on the momentum that carried it to a runnerup finish in J2 last year, but the step up in quality has so far proved beyond the reach of the Yamanashi club. Promising early results have spiraled into a steady free fall to leave Ventforet currently six points from safety in the relegation places, with manager Toshiya Miura making way for Satoru Sakuma earlier this month in a bid to escape the drop.

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