Ranking 20 best Asian players in Europe in April

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As impressive as it sounds, there are 80 Asian football players playing in European continent this season. From , South Korea, Australia and North Korea, all the way to Iran, Iraq, 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 40 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 April, all 40 Asian players’ statistics were tracked, and here we will review the number of goals scored, assists, their Pass Accuracy Ratio % and their ratings.

Iranian attacker Mathew Leckie was March’s best rated player but lost his top place to Japanese midfielder .

Sorted by highest rating:

1. Shinji Kagawa: The 27-year-old Japanese international has been instrumental for Borussia Dortmund during the last weeks of Bundesliga season.The fast-paced attacking midfielder played 7 games in April, including a game at Europa League. During the month of April, Kagawa scored 4 goals, and provided 2 Assists, of which in the game against Wolfsburg he took “Man of the Match” honor with his incredible performance. His rating is at an impressive 7.55 out of 10, and his passing accuracy stands at an impressive rate of 85.3%.

2. Hiroki Sakai: The 26-year-old Japanese player is one amongst a number of Asians playing in Bundesliga. During the month of April, he featured in 5 games for Hannover, and scored a goal against Ingolstadt and was named “Man of the Match” as well. His rating for month of April is 7.47 out of 10. However, all that did not help Hannover 96 avoid relegation. Unless Sakai is transferred to another team, he will play in Bundesliga’s 2nd Division next season.

3. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is Dutch team, AZ Alkmaar’s Iranian striker. The 22-year-old featured in 3 games for AZ Alkmaar in the month of April, but did not manage to score any goal. His rating stands at 7.34 out of 10. His passing accuracy has improved month over month to 69.8%.

4. Ja-Cheol Koo is the South Korea’s 27-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Bundesliga side Augsburg. During month of April, he played 4 games for Augsburg and particularly starred in the match against Mainz, scoring 1 goal. His rating stands at 7.17 out of 10, and impressive passing accuracy ratio of 79.7%.

5. Brad Smith: Brad Smith is the 22-year-old Aussie playing for Liverpool. The determined defender featured in 1 match in the month of April, and that was against Bournemouth, in which Liverpool secured 3 points of the match. He had a rating of 7.14 out of 10 for the month of April, with passing accuracy of 80.1%.

Full rankings:

RKNameNationalityPositionClubRating+/- positions Stats
1Shinji Kagawa23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderDortmund7.55+18
2Hiroki Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHannover 967.47New in Top 20Details
3Alireza JahanbakhshFlag_of_Iran.svg IRNMidfielderAZ Alkmaar7.34+3Details
4Koo Ja-CheolFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORMidfielderAugsburg7.17-1Details
5Brad Smith23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSDefenderLiverpool7.14New in Top 20Details
6Hiroshi Kiyotake23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderHannover 967.1+12Details
7Keisuke Honda23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderAC Milan6.93+1Details
8Gotoku Sakai23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderHamburger SV6.84+1Details
9Mile Jedinak23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderCrystal Palace6.80-4Details
10Makoto Hasebe23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderFrankfurt6.77New in Top 20Details
11Shinji Okazaki23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardLeicester6.66+4Details
12Mike Havenaar23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardADO Den Haag6.66+2Details
13Brad Jones23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSGoalkeeperNEC Nijmegen6.59-9Details
14Yuya Osako23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNForwardFC Cologne6.58New in Top 20
15Mathew Leckie23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg AUSMidfielderIngolstadt6.48-14Details
16Maya Yoshida23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderSouthampton6.42New in Top 20Details
17Kosuke Ota23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderVitesse6.41-5Details
18Yuto Nagatomo23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNDefenderInter6.38-7Details
19Hong Jeong-HoFlag_of_South_Korea.svg KORDefenderAugsburg6.36New in Top 20Details
20Genki Haraguchi23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg JPNMidfielderHertha Berlin6.35-10Details