Premier League is not only the most watched football league in the world but it is also the most attractive league for the players.Footballers from around the world dream of playing in the Premier League.Over the years many great players have showcased their talent in the league.Today let us have a look at some of the best Asian players in the Premier League history.
Here are the top 10 Asian players in the Premier League history –
He arrived with a pedigree at Man Utd from Borussia Dortmund in 2012. Kagawa failed to live up to the initial expectations during his two-year stay in Premier League and moved back to Dortmund in 2014.
He was often played out wide on the left, rather than in his favoured number ten role to accommodate Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
However, he did play his part in United’s 2012-13 league winning season by scoring six goals in 20 appearances.
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Son signed with Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015 for £22 million, by far the club’s most expensive buy of the year. But while Tottenham surged to third in the league, Son struggled and with a glut of wingers.
Before the 2016-17 season, he reportedly asked Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for permission to leave Tottenham in an attempt to get more playing time, but was instead given a chance to fight for his place at Spurs.Pochettino maintained that he could succeed at White Hart Lane, though, just like he believed when he signed him.
On 10 September 2016, Son scored two goals and created a third in his first appearance of the season, in a 4–0 win against Stoke City.Son followed that performance up with a second brace, coming at Middlesbrough on 24 September, earning his team a 1–2 victory.Upon equaling his league goal total from the previous season in 25 fewer matches, Son was hailed by Pochettino as “a different person – he’s more mature and he knows the league and he’s settled in fantastically now.”
Son Heung-min was named Premier League Player in the Month for September, making him the first player from Asia to ever win the award.Son scored 21 goals in the season and helped Spurs in finishing second in the league.
The Japanese centre-back joined Southampton in 2012 on a three-year contract for a fee thought to be in the region of £3 million.Since then he has played more than 130 matches for the club.
The calming influence he possesses is a real quality, even when one or one in defence or last man on the goal line he remains relaxed and deals with the situation to the best of his ability.
In January 2015, Southampton announced that Yoshida and the club had agreed terms to an extension of his contract until 2018.