Ranking 20 Best Asians in Europe: Alireza Jahanbakhsh remains top performer

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As impressive as it sounds, there are 80 Asian football players playing in European continent this season. From , , and North Korea, all the way to , , and Uzbekistan, Asian players have moved to Europe to advance their football career at football hubs of Europe. Out of 80 Asian players, many play in 2nd division leagues of Europe, or European league such as Russia, Turkey, and Poland, which are not considered the elite European leagues.

At Football Channel Asia, we have started tracking 41 Asian players who currently play at top European leagues of England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and Netherlands.
The criteria is to play in top division of leagues above.

For the month of February, all 41 Asian players’ statistics were tracked, and here we will review the number of goals scored, assists, their Pass Accuracy Ratio % and their ratings*.

Sorted by highest Rating:

1.  is Dutch team AZ Alkmaar’s Iranian striker who was our best Asian in Europe for January. In February, the 22 year old had the best month of his career and his highest ranking ever. He was rated 7.74 out of 10 for the month of February. He played in all games for AZ Alkmaar and had passing accuracy of %70. The highlight of his games was in the match against Heracles, in which he scored 1 goal, and provided 1 assist to seal a victory for his team. His dazzling performance in that match earned him “Man of the Match” Award at the end of the game.

2. Maya Yoshida is the Japanese defender plying his trade for English Premier League side Southampton. He received an impressive rating of 7.38 out 10. He played 2 games for Southampton in February, recorded passing accuracy of %79.8 and scored the only goal of the match against West Ham, which also earned him “Man of the Match” award.

3. Hiroshi Kiyotake is the Japanese attacking midfielder, who plays for Bundesliga side Hannover 96. In February, he played 2 games, of which he provided 1 assist in Hannover’s important away match against Stuttgart. His rating in February was 7.34 out of 10, and had passing accuracy of %80.4.

4. Ali Adnan is the Iraqi midfielder who plays for Serie-A’s Udinese. Ali Adnan recorded his best month in February with rating of 7.29 out of 10. In February, he played 3 games for Udinese, recorded %70 passing accuracy and scored Udinese’s only goal against Genoa, however that was not enough as Udinese lost that match.

5. Keisuke Honda is the Japanese attacking midfielder who plays for Serie-A’s AC Milan. In February, he played 5 games for AC Milan, of which he scored the winning goal against Genoa. That game in particular, along with his passing accuracy of %81, and 90 minute appearance in all other games of the month earned him the rating of 7.17 out of 10 in this month.

*Source of Ratings: whoscored.com

Full rankings:

RKNameNationalityPositionClubRating+/- positions Stats
1Alireza JahanbakhshFlag_of_Iran.svg IRNMidfielderAZ Alkmaar7.740Details
2Maya Yoshida23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderSouthampton7.38New in Top 20Details
3Hiroshi Kiyotake23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderHannover 967.34New in Top 20Details
4Ali AdnanFlag_of_Iraq.svg IRQDefenderUdinese7.29+10Details
5Keisuke Honda23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderAC Milan7.17-2Details
6Matthew Leckie23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderIngolstadt7.11-1Details
7Genki Haraguchi23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderHertha Berlin7.07+4Details
8Hiroki Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHannover 967.02New in Top 20Details
9Brad Jones23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSGoalkeeperNEC Nijmegen7.00New in Top 20Details
10Mike Havenaar23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardADO Den Haag6.99-6Details
11Mile Jedinak23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderCrystal Palace6.98+8Details
12Gotoku Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHamburger SV6.92New in Top 20Details
13Mat Ryan23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSGoalkeeperValencia6.87+2Details
14Koo Ja-CheolFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderAugsburg6.82+6Details
15Son Heung-MinFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderTottenham6.81New in Top 20Details
16Shinji Okazaki23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardLeicester6.8-6Details
17Yuto Nagatomo23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderInter6.73New in Top 20Details
18Kosuke Ota23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderVitesse6.73New in Top 20Details
19Takashi Inui23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderEibar6.71-13Details
20Robbie Kruse23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderBayer Leverkusen6.68New in Top 20Details