Asia 50: 10 of our players to watch at this year’s World Cup
Undoubtedly, Son is the No.1 Asian player to watch at the upcoming World Cup. Even before his move to White Hart Lane from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, the football world knew his potential. But he’s gone on to set the Premier League alight with his excellent goal-scoring record and ability to change a game all by himself. So far in 45 games this season, the 25-year-old has scored 19 goals and assisted four and this form will be crucial if South Korea want to go far in a tough group in Russia.
Helping out Son in proceedings will be Swansea City’s midfield man Ki. It will be an understatement to that he will be a key player for the Taeguk Warriors. This 29-year-old is a neat player in the middle of the park, careful in possession and most definitely stronger than his frame suggests. Although he only has two goals and two assists this season for Swansea, who have battled relegation all year long, his key passing numbers compare favourably with other central midfielders in the competition at almost one per game.
Mooy is having a ball with newly promoted club Huddersfield Town. The 27-year-old scored a superb goal in a 2-1 win against Premier League giants Manchester United and had several man-of-the-match performances for Huddersfield. However, though he may be enjoying his time at club level, he will need to finish the season strong in order to impress new coach Bert van Marwjik and ensure he gets a starting berth in Russia. The new man at the helm is spoilt for choices in midfield and although Mooy has been brilliant for Huddersfield, he will need to battle the trio of Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine in van Marwijk’s preferred line-up.