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Poll: Who is the League's best-ever Asian player?

18 Dec 2019
Park Ji-sung, Shinji Kagawa, Ki Sung-yeung, Shinji Okazaki, Son Heung-min

With Liverpool agreeing to sign Takumi Minamino, vote on who was the greatest out of Park Ji-sung, Shinji Kagawa, Ki Sung-yueng, Shinji Okazaki and Son Heung-min

Liverpool have agreed to sign one of the stars of the Japan national team in Takumi Minamino on 1 January 2020, and he will hope to establish himself as one of the best Asian players in the Premier League. 

Minamino, joining from Austrian side RB Salzburg, will hope to make his Premier League debut on 11 January against Tottenham Hotspur, who boast the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history, South Korea's Son Heung-min

Son is one of a number of Asian players to have graced the Premier League over the years and we want to know who you think is the greatest. 

We compare five great Asian players to choose from in the poll below. 

Park Ji-sung 

Apps: 154. Goals: 19. Assists: 21 Titles: 4.

In his seven seasons at Old Trafford the midfielder became the first Asian to win each of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. He played 154 times for Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers and endeared himself to fans across the world with his never-give-up attitude. 

Shinji Kagawa

Apps: 38. Goals: 6. Assists: 6. Titles: 1.

The midfielder was not only the first Japanese player for Man Utd but also the first to win a Premier League title, doing so in his debut season at the club. His three goals in one match against Norwich City also made him the first Asian to score a hat-trick in the competition.

Ki Sung-yueng

Apps: 187. Goals: 15. Assists: 9.

The 30-year-old has made more Premier League appearances than any other South Korean in spells with Swansea City, Sunderland and current club Newcastle United. The 2019/20 campaign is his eighth successive season in England's top flight. 

Shinji Okazaki

Apps: 114. Goals 14. Assists: 4. Titles: 1.

The Premier League's second Japanese champion was integral to Leicester City's 2015/16 title-winning season, famously scoring a spectacular overhead kick against Newcastle that edged the Foxes towards their first Trophy.

Son Heung-min

Apps: 145. Goals: 47. Assists:26.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son is the highest-scoring Asian in the competition's history with his 47 goals more than double the total of anyone else. The South Korean became the first Asian recipient of the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award in September 2016 and reached double figures for goals in each of the last three campaigns. 

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