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Asia 50, 2018: Five Southeast Asian players who could make the list

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Kawin Thamsatchanan - Thailand

'Flying' Kawin is another player who could feature in the list, should his move to Belgium second tier side Oud-Heverlee Leuven turn out to be a success.

The 28-year-old has already played four matches since joining from Thai giants Muangthong United and will be hoping to start racking up the clean sheets, as he has yet to keep one since joining.

But that is by no means a reflection of Kawin's goalkeeping abilities. The Thai international has a strong command of his area, coupled with lightning quick reflexes - he saved two penalties as Thailand upset Gabon in the King's Cup last month. 

A big fish in a small pond back at home, it is now Kawin's time to show that he has what it takes to be up there with the best and reclaim a place in the Asia 50.

Hariss Harun - Singapore

In what has been a turbulent few years for Singapore football, Hariss has been one of the few bright lights.

Hariss, who has won three straight MSL titles with Malaysian giants Johor Darul Ta’zim, returned to the S.League last season after his loan deal with Spanish third-tier side CE L'Hospitalet fell through.

As expected, he was one of the key men for the Protectors, but the 26-year-old has returned to parent club JDT this season where he continues to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Having rejected an offer from Portugal's top-tier side Rio Ave in 2013, Hariss has shown that he has what it takes to catch the eye. A move to Europe could be what it takes for him to take his game to the next level and give him a shot at making this list.

Theerathon Bunmathan - Thailand

Theerathon almost broke into the top 20 in this list in 2016, an indication of the potential that the hardworking left-back possesses.

Having won all there is to win back at home, the next step of Theerathon's journey has been to join the burgeoning contingent of Thais in Japan. The Muangthong man sealed a one-year loan move to J1 side Vissel Kobe in January and has made a total of five appearances in Japan so far.

This could be just the opportunity the industrious 28-year-old needs to prove he is more than just the best left-back in Southeast Asia and can hold his own against Asia's best.

Should he cement a starting spot, expect to see Theerathon re-emerge in our list sooner rather than later.