The Premier League is the highest level of English football competition. The competition for points is so tight every season that Premier Lague is one of the best leagues in the world. It is also a matter of pride for the football players who graze there.
Many players from various continents came, one of which was Asia. Park Ji Sung, for example, became the most successful Asian player in England. He won four Premier League titles during his career. This has motivated other Asian players to continue to develop and compete in England.
This season (2001/2022) there were five Asian players playing in Premier Lague. Anyone?
1. Son Heung Min
Son Heung Min is the main striker for Tottenham Hotspur. He started his career at Tottenham in 2015 after performing well with Bayer Leverkusen. Son only played for 2 years at Leverkusen with a score of 29 goals from 87 matches.
Reported by fifa.com , Son Heung Min had won the FIFA Puskas Award. Not only that, in 2019, the South Korean player was also able to deliver Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League runner-up after losing in the final against Liverpool. He is now predicted to be Park Ji Sung’s successor in England.
2. Hwang Hee Chan
Hwang Hee Chan is also from South Korea. In the summer transfer window of 2021, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 25-year-old Asian player was brought in on loan from RB Leipzig. The transfer value is around IDR 256 billion.
Hwang Hee Chan had lost productively to Evan Dimas in the U19 Asian Cup in 2014. However, he was able to develop well in Europe. Hwang stole the public’s attention when facing Liverpool in the preliminary round of the Champions League (2018/2019). He was able to score one assist and one goal after tricking Van Dijk into ups and downs.
3. Takehiro Tomiyasu
Arsenal is one of the clubs defended by Asian players this season. His name is Takehiro Tomiyasu. He is still 22 years old. With a transfer value of 18 million euros, the Gunners managed to bring him from Italian Serie A club, Bologna.
Tomiyasu managed to answer the trust given by Mikel Arteta. After his arrival, Arsenal managed to crawl up to 10th place after winning three games, and kept two clean sheets against Norwich and Burnley in the Premier League this season.
4. Takumi Minamino
One team with Tomiyasu in the Japanese national team, Takumi Minamino this season joined one of the English giants, Liverpool. Having been loaned to Southampton, Minamino returned to the Reds camp with growing abilities.
Minamino was able to score twice against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup match last week. He created a new history for his country by becoming the first Japanese player to defend Liverpool.
5. Thanawat Suengchitthawon
Thanawat Suengchitthawon is playing for Liecester City this season. He plays as a midfielder. Initially, he played in Premier Lague 2 with Leicester City U23. However, got a place in the senior team after being able to collect 3 goals in 13 matches.
The man born in 2000 has become a new idol in Thailand. In general, Southeast Asian players find it difficult to get a career opportunity at Europe’s top clubs. Especially considering that football from Southeast Asian countries is usually at the bottom.
Well, that’s five Asian football players who this season are playing in Premier Lague. This row is still dominated by South Korean and Japanese players.