Top 10 Asian players in Premier League history

The past week was a good one for Asian players in the Premier League, with South Korean Son Heung-Min and Australian Aaron Mooy netting for their respective clubs. FFT picks the top ten players from the region who have graced English football's greatest stage...

Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa arrived at Old Trafford on the back of a very successful 2011-2012 Bundesliga season, where he helped Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title.

While he did not replicate his impressive form on the same level for Manchester United, Kagawa still managed to become the first Japanese player to lift the Premier League trophy as well as being the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in the league. 

Kagawa was unlucky with injuries as well, and while his stint at the club only lasted two seasons - most fans would agree that he gave a good account of himself.

He is currently back in Germany with Dortmund, where he has established himself as one of the fan favourites with the German giants and last month became the leading Japanese scorer in Bundesliga history with 38 goals.

Ali Al-Habsi

The imposing Omani stopper spent most of this playing career in England, featuring for Bolton and Wigan Athletic.

Al-Habsi made his name with the Latics in the Premier League - not just as an outstanding penalty stopper but a goalkeeper with excellent reflexes.

He went on to star at Reading in the Championship, before making the switch to Saudi side Al-Hilal earlier this year.

At his peak, he was linked with big money moves to Liverpool and Arsenal but the rumours never did materialize.

The former could use a consistent goalkeeper like him right now…

Maya Yoshida

Yoshida is the only defender to make this list, emphasizing his contribution to the Premier League thus far.

While he endured a shaky start to life in England, Yoshida has become a reliable asset at the back for Southampton, racking up over 100 appearances for the Saints over the past five seasons.

His versatility across the backline has proven a plus for the club and he even takes a decent set-piece.

Given their defensive woes, don't be surprised if Liverpool start showing interest in signing him!

Ki Sung-Yeung

Captain of the South Korea national team, Ki was signed by the Swansea in 2012 for six million pounds after he caught the eye at Celtic.

A technically gifted footballer, Ki is an underrated midfielder, who possesses the ability to pick out a long-range pass.

His contributions to the club have not gone unnoticed, as he was voted Swansea City Player of the Year in the 2014-2015 season. 

Having recently recovered from a knee injury, the 28-year-old will hope to be the “Ki” to turn the fortunes for the Swans this season.

Harry Kewell

The winger with a wand of a left foot was unplayable at his prime and if not for his perpetual injuries, Kewell could have enjoyed even more success in the Premier League. 

After making a name for himself at Leeds United, he moved to his boyhood club Liverpool and donned the legendary number seven jersey. 

Kewell was so valued by the Reds that former manager Gerard Houllier revealed last month that Liverpool decided against signing Cristiano Ronaldo due of CR7's wage demands and also because they already had Kewell.

A more than questionable decision on hindsight perhaps, but with a Champions League medal and more than 250 appearances under his belt in the Premier League, it is safe to say that Kewell has established himself as one of Australian football’s legends. 

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