Ranking 20 best AFC players in Europe in December

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From Japan, South Korea and Australia, all the way to Iran, Iraq, and Uzbekistan, AFC players have moved to Europe to advance their football career. At Football Channel Asia, we start tracking performance rating of AFC footballers since September and point out who currently play at top seven European leagues of England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Netherlands.

The following are the current rankings of top 20 players who have made at least two appearances for their club in December:

Sorted by highest Rating:
1. Hong Jeong-Ho, is the South Korean defender currently playing for Augsburg at German Bundesliga. He made 3 Bundesliga appearance and 1 Europa League appearance for Augsburg in December. He displayed impressive performances, in which in Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade, and also the league match against Schalke, he scored goals. Therefore, his rating of 7.63 out of 10, is highest amongst other Asian players in December.
2. Koo Ja-Cheol, is South Korean midfielder, who also plays for Augsburg of German Bundesliga. The midfielder had 1 league appearance and 1 Europa League appearance in December. His great appearance in both matches, with passing accuracy hovering around %75, and shots on targets, earned him a high rating of 7.47 out of 10.

3. Keisuke Honda, is well-known Japanese player currently playing in Italy’s Serie-A league. AC Milan midfielder, had 2 appearances in December, one Copa Italia appearance against Sampdoria, in which AC Milan secured a win. Also, he played 90 minutes Frosinon, in which he provided 1 Assist. His passing accuracy is still impressive, at %79.9, and rating of 7.37.

4. Mile Jedinak, is the 31-years old Australian defensive midfielder, playing for EPL side Crystal Palace. He had 3 English Premier League appearances in December, in which Crystal Palace kept clean sheet in 2 of those matches. His passing accuracy is %74.9, and with his above-par performances in December, he was given the rating of 7.29 out of 10.

5. Genki Haraguchi, is the Japanese attacking midfielder of Hertha Berlin, at German Bundesliga. He made 3 league appearances in December, in which Hertha Berlin was victorious in all those games. His passing accuracy stands at 72.7%, and his rating is currently 7.24 out of 10.

Full rankings:

1Hong Jeong-HoFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORDefenderAugsburg47.672
2Koo Ja-CheolFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderAugsburg47.470
3Keisuke Honda23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderAC Milan27.370
4Mile Jedinak23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderCrystal Palace37.290
5Genki Haraguchi23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderHertha Berlin37.240
6Kim Jin-SuFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORDefenderHoffenheim37.090
7Matthew Leckie23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderIngolstadt37.080
8Hiroki Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHannover 9626.970
9Shinji Kagawa23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderDortmund56.941
10Makoto Hasebe23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderFrankfurt36.870
11Lee Chung-YongFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderCrystal Palace26.861
12Shinji Okazaki23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardLeicester36.851
13Park Joo-HoFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORDefenderDortmund36.840
14Ki Sung-yuengFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderSwansea56.771
15Ji Dong-WonFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderAugsburg56.610
16Son Heung-MinFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderTottenham66.541
17Alireza JahanbakhshFlag_of_Iran.svg IRNMidfielderAZ Alkmaar36.530
18Gotoku Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHamburger SV36.490
19Yuya Osaka23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardFC Cologne26.470
20Maya Yoshida23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderSouthampton26.450

Ratings by WhoScored.com