FourFourTwo's 50 Best Asian Players 2015: 20-16
Below are numbers 20-16, including a lad linked with a big money Premier League move, the Chinese Sergio Ramos and a free-scoring Qatari striker.
Words: Teng Kiat, Gary Koh, Jeremy Lim, Mihyun Chung and Zee Ko.
20. Kim Young-gwon
Did you know? Kim has twice been named in the Chinese Super League Team of the Year, in 2013 and 2014.
Former Guangzhou Evergrande manager Marcello Lippi praised Kim in 2013, saying he was good enough to play for Manchester United. Two years have passed and the left-footed defender is still in China. However, with his excellent first touch and shooting technique he has established himself at club level and with the national team. Kim has now been linked with Europe’s top clubs including AC Milan. While he has to cut out occasional mistakes, the 25-year-old definitely has the potential for a career at the top level. MC
19. Yoshinori Muto
Did you know? After three goals in four games, Muto was named March MVP in the J.League.
Muto's career trajectory has been almost as rapid as the fleet-footed Japan international himself. The winger’s direct running and dribbling led to 13 league goals as he finished FC Tokyo’s top scorer in the 2014 J.League season. The 2015 campaign began in similar fashion with him racing up the scoring charts. Former Japan coach Javier Aguirre was impressed and picked Muto in his 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad, after giving him his senior debut last September. There is also every indication new Samurai Blue boss Vahid Halilhodzic holds the effervescent attacker in the same regard. JL
18. Zhang Linpeng
Did you know? Zhang scored from the halfway line in Guangzhou Evergrande's 6-1 CSL home win over Liaoning Whowin.
17. Maya Yoshida
Did you know? Yoshida was the first player from Japan to sign a contract extension with an English Premier League club.
16. Khalfan Ibrahim
Did you know? In September, Ibrahim scored his 63rd goal for Al Sadd and became the club's all-time scorer.
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