Seven Asian Football Talents
The Seven Asian Football Talents were at summer vacation has come and gone, and the 2022-23 European football season has begun. The first-ever winter Asian World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, promises to be an exciting season.
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Some of Asia’s best players will once again be strutting their stuff throughout Europe’s top divisions, ranging from huge names aiming to remain at the top of their game to up-and-coming stars eager to grab their opportunity – and even a forgotten guy poised to be given a second shot.
Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
Son Heung-min, the most apparent choice on the list, has established himself as one of the world’s top players. The issue is, can he improve any more? Even replicating his performances from last season, when he became the first Asian to win the Premier League’s golden boot, which he shared with Mohamed Salah, would be a significant achievement, but the 30-year-old should be approaching his peak and is obviously enjoying at Tottenham at OKBet Asian Cup.
The strain Son will be under as South Korea’s captain at the World Cup, particularly considering their difficult group, which includes Uruguay, Ghana, and Portugal, adds to the mystery surrounding Son. That challenging assignment, along with Spurs’ ongoing pursuit of a major title for the first time since 2008, should provide Son with plenty of incentive this season.
Min-jae Kim (Napoli)
For a long time, Son’s primary South Korean teammates have been Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-jo and Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan, as well as midfield general Hwang In-beom, who just joined for Olympiakos but earlier made a name for himself in Russia with Rubin Kazan at OKBet Asian Cup.. Nonetheless, Kim Min-jae, a new bona fide star, might emerge soon. Kim, affectionately called ‘Monster’ for his imposing bulk and never-say-die mentality, has only spent one season in Europe, with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, but has now won a transfer to Serie A team Napoli.
Replacing Kalidou Koulibaly, who has already joined Chelsea, will be difficult, but the 25-year-quick old’s development and evident defensive skill should offer him the greatest opportunity at OKBet.
Minamino Takumi (Monaco)
Takumi Minamino won the Premier League and the Carabao Cup during his tenure at Liverpool, but despite scoring some key goals in cup play, he was never able to push his way into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. The Japan international’s pursuit of first-team football has led him to Ligue 1 with Monaco, with the 2022-23 season looking up to be a watershed moment in his career.
Minamino, at the age of 27, should be at the top of his abilities, and he would like to be having an effect on the field each week rather than warming the bench at OKBet. The silky-skilled striker is also one of Japan’s most gifted players, and the Samurai Blue will need to be blazing on all cylinders at the World Cup, particularly with the Samurai Blue facing previous winners Germany and Spain, as well as Costa Rica, in the group stage.
Mitoma Kaoru (Brighton)
In addition to Minamino, Japan may look to Kaoru Mitoma, who is preparing to begin his debut season in the Premier League with Brighton after spending last season on loan with Union SG at OKBet. Mitoma drew attention in Belgium with eight goals in 28 games across all competitions, and has long been considered as one of Japan’s finest prospects since breaking through with Kawasaki Frontale.
Mitoma, who is still just 25, may have to wait his turn to get into the Seagulls first squad, but he has been given a chance to impress in preseason. Mitoma, like Arsenal rightback Takehiro Tomiyasu, is shaping up not just as the future of Japanese football, but also as someone who may make an early impact this season.
Taremi, Mehdi (Porto)
Playing in Portugal may mean less attention for Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi, but that hasn’t prevented him from making his mark with reigning Primeira Liga winners Porto at OKBet. Taremi has been named to the league’s Team of the Year for the past three seasons, as well as the top scorer award in 2019-20, while still playing for the more humble Rio Ave, and has proven to be a player for the big occasion, as evidenced by his spectacular bicycle kick against Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs but has opted to stay at Porto for the time being. He will also aim to lead Iran farther than they have ever gone in this year’s World Cup, with another Europe-based talent Sardar Azmoun of Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.
In 2018, Team Melli held Portugal to a tie and only fell narrowly to Spain, as well as defeating Morocco, which should give them hope that they may pull off an upset or two against England, the United States, and Wales in November.
Iqbal Zidane (Manchester United)
Despite being born and raised in England and also eligible to represent Pakistan, Manchester United prospect Zidane Iqbal’s decision to represent Iraq internationally saw him almost immediately introduced to the national team fold midway through last season – where he has since made two senior appearances for the Lions of Mesopotamia.
Although the 19-year-old has made his Champions League debut for United, it has been a handful of preseason performances that have piqued the interest of the Old Trafford crowd – and the Asian football world. Iqbal showed confidence in possession but also a combative temperament in the centre of the field in a 4-0 friendly victory against Liverpool at OKBet, and new manager Erik ten Hag’s reputation of scouting young talent should give chances this season. It would be fascinating to see whether Iqbal sees first-team involvement in 2022-23, but that should not deter him from playing.
Mr. Nguyen Quang Hai (Pau)
He may not be one of the greatest names in Asian football, and he will be playing in the second division of French football, but the 2022-23 season will be monumental for Nguyen Quang Hai. After eight years at local club Hanoi, the Vietnam international at OKBet, long considered as one of Southeast Asia’s greatest prospects, has finally earned his trip to Europe with Pau in Ligue 2.
The left-footed player with a knack for spectacular goals was a standout in both Vietnam’s AFF Championship title-winning campaign in 2018 and their historic run to the Asian Cup semifinals the following year. At the age of 25, Quang Hai is in a prime position to further his career and achieve what few from the area have done before: success in Europe.
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