One of the beauties of the English Premier League is the accommodation and abundance of footballers from different nationalities and continents.
Asian players are not exempt from this list. Players from the continent went on to become icons at their respective teams.
A perfect example was Park Ji-sung, a South Korean forward who is famously known for his time at Manchester United, winning the UCL, Premier League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Presently, Tottenham Hotspur forward and captain Son Heung-min is the leading Asian player in the EPL. The 31-year-old has spent more than seven seasons at the club.sHere are the current Asian players in the English Premier League this season:
Son Heung-min (South Korea, Tottenham Hotspur)
Son Heung-min needs an introduction to EPL fans. He has been one of the loyal servants of Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old South Korean forward joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. He is now captain of the club following the exit of Harry Kane, who joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Kaoru Mitoma (Japan, Brighton Hove Albion)
Perhaps the most outstanding Asian footballer after Son Heung-min, Kaoru Mitoma, has secretly stolen the hearts of Brighton supporters and Premier League fans due to his mesmerising and impressive performance on the pitch.
Last season was good, but this season is better for Kaoru Mitoma, being on the other front runners of Brighton’s attack. The 26-year-old is always in the spotlight whenever Brighton are in action.
Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea, Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Hwang Hee-chan plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is not necessarily the man who usually steals the show but would turn up on his good day with a mesmerising performance.
Hee-Chan is known for his goal-scoring abilities. The South Korean is a versatile and attacking-minded player.
Although he may not score as many goals, he is one of the best you can count on when it comes to teamwork.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan, Arsenal FC)
Arsenal’s new gem, Takehiro Tomiyasu, is one of the Asian players in the EPL currently at his best.
He joined the Gunners from Serie A side Bologna in 2021 and gradually cemented his place in the first team.
His performance in the last couple of months has led to plaudits from fans and teammates, and his manager, Mikel Arteta, labels him “no other player like him”.
Wataru Endo (Japan, Liverpool FC)
One of the surprise signings of Liverpool, Wataru Endo, secured the switch from VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga to the EPL in the summer. He was captain of the Bundesliga club and was a key player in the team.
So far, he has been involved in first-team action even as Jurgen Klopp tries to achieve squad rotation.
Saman Ghoddos (Iran, Brentford FC)
Saman Ghoddos is an Iranian footballer who plays for Brentford FC. The 30-year-old could play as an attacking midfielder, striker or winger.
He joined Brentford initially on loan from French club Amiens before making the switch permanent.