In recent years, Asia has shown that it can produce players who can compete at the highest level in European football. So let’s see who the best Asian players are in Europe’s top leagues.
Central Asia, from Uzbekistan to Iran, also has its own phenomena
It may come as a surprise to many, but Eldur Shomurodov rightfully makes it onto our list. In fact, in addition to his technical potential, he is a player who comes from a country with a history in its history, like Uzbekistan. Very few players manage to break into one of the top leagues Europeans.
Shomurodov is in his fourth season in the Italian Serie A after being purchased from Genoa in the summer of 2020. Today’s card belongs to RomeHe signed him from Grifone in August 2021 and signed him to a five-year contract.
After the second half of the season, which he played on loan in Spezia between January and June 2023, he is a fast-attacking, strong player in the open field, who can see the goal even from a distance. Shomuroduv went to Cagliaristill on loan, to play his cards again.
After a player who recently left Roma, we also include a newly arrived player among our choices: Sardar Azmoun. 28 years, Nicknamed Iranian Messi Coming from his country’s press, Azmoun has an outstanding right foot and moves gracefully and nimbly all along the offensive line thanks to his outstanding ball control.
He spent a long part of his career in Russia, working in Rubin, Rostov and St. After spending time between St. Petersburg and a positive season with Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, the season in Rome is a really great opportunity for him to excel. The definitive leap into the elite of European football.
There is another Iranian on our list who is Azmoun’s strike partner that we just mentioned. His name is Mehdi Taremi, he plays for Porto and his name was talked about a lot in the last transfer period. First linked with Inter, then Juve, which took him to MilanAs Giroud’s deputy, he delivered the decisive blow in the final stage of negotiations.
But his transfer to the Rossoneri failed in extra time Due to failure to reach an agreement with the agencies regarding commission. It’s a real shame for Milan and Serie A who lost this chance. trust the pure number 9The player who completed the last four seasons in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with more than 20 goals, and also stood out in the World Cup in Qatar, scoring two goals and making one assist in three matches for Iran.
Japan and South Korea conquer Europe
Moved to Arsenal in 2021 After two good seasons in BolognaTakehiro Tomiyasu was very close to becoming Inter’s reinforcement player this summer. However, negotiations proved fruitless and the next November the 25-year-old Japanese defender remained on Arteta’s side, who is also enjoying an excellent start to the season with Arsenal.
Although Tomiyasu is not very flashy, he is a very functional actor. Can play anywhere in three or four defence. It is also comfortable when it comes to pushingHe has excellent ball management skills and in defensive phases: he is an effective and technical player who has already accumulated 56 coins in his London experience.
Another defender who should not be missing on this list and who shares the transition to Serie A with Tomiyasu is Kim Min-jae. The tough South Korean defender arrived at Napoli in August 2022 with the disturbing tag of replacing the Koulibaly totem. He has proven himself as one of the greatest centre-backs He won the Italian championship, contributed decisively to the Campania team winning the Scudetto and the award for the best defender of the tournament.
His performances attracted the attention of all the leading European clubs and so his nickname, the Monster, was bought by Bayern Munich, who paid De Laurentiis’ club a sum in excess of €50 million. Signed a five-year contract with Kim. His leadership also immediately won the support of the Bavarians, and after a very short adjustment period, Tuchel handed him a starting jersey, relegating De Ligt to the bench.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s winger Kaoru Mitoma, coached by Roberto De Zerbi, plays in the Premier League. a real stranger When he was discovered by British scouts after a season with Saint-Gilloise in Belgium.
Today Mitoma is one of the UK Championship’s most exciting talents; A fast and direct striker. likes dribbling and high difficulty moves. An interesting curiosity indeed: Mitoma graduated from the University of Tsukuba in Japan with a degree in motor science and devoted his university thesis to the art of dribbling.
Last but not least, last but not least, perhaps the most committed Asian player Star of European football: Son Heung-min. 2021/2022 Premier League top scorer Son managed to become one of the best players in the world’s best league, achieving a feat that no Asian has achieved before.
What makes the difference for the ending is, above all else, continuity. Since his arrival at Tottenham in 2015, he has continued to put in excellent performances every season, both at league and European level, scoring a total of 148 goals in 377 appearances for Spurs. It’s an important number if you think it is, Son. He is not a full striker, he is a right wingerHe is at most a second striker, with strong speed and ball control techniques in the open field. According to many, he is the best Asian player of all time.