Doesn't have to show in the numbers yet as long as he gains power and skill. Already he has better defense than 1 year ago, more momentum and definitely above all maegashira. He is as successful as Kotomitsuki now and that isn't a bad result.
Agreed. And speaking of Miyabiyama . . .
He has a winning record against rikishi below him in banzuke and turns the tide against higher ranked rikishi with his progress. Good example indeed is Miyabiyama . . .
Who can fill Miyabiyama's vacant Sekiwake seat? Maybe Kotoshogiku, but he's not a perennail quite yet in my book. Kisenosato is way more consistent. Unless Miya-baby pours on the gamba-juice in March, he will have a lot of trouble making his way back up. Too much new cometition and his confidence has always been fragile. So Ama and Kotoshogiku might trade out the Sekiwake seat for a few basho (if Ama even manages KK from Komusubi) but by the end of the year, we are more likely to see Kisenosato there to stay, and by then he'll be ready for Ozeki promotion some time in 2008. That's the most sane prediction I've ever made, and who could safely bet against it?