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Hwang, Kerr, Shomurodov and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!


Kuala Lumpur: From London to Rome and Frankfurt to Tiraspol, Asia’s high-flyers made their mark with a series of terrific performances over the past week.

Among this week’s collation of Asia’s finest exports, Premier League debut glory for Hwang Hee-chan, the Sam Kerr-Ji So-yun double act keeps delivering for Chelsea, while Maya Yoshida and Eldor Shomurodov had major impacts in Italy.

Who was the best Asian performer outside the content from September 8 to 14? Study our list of contenders and don’t forget to cast your vote.

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Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Korea Republic)
32 minutes, 1 goal, 88% pass accuracy (2-0 v Watford)

Days after providing the match-winning assist in an Asian Qualifiers win over Lebanon, Hwang Hee-chan marked his first appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers with a goal, becoming the first Korean to score on his English Premier League debut.


Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 50 passes completed, 15 recoveries (2-2 v Inter Milan)

A volleyed goal and countless important defensive efforts earn Japan captain Maya Yoshida a place on this week’s list, after his Sampdoria side became the first this season to take points off defending Serie A champions Inter.


Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)
76 minutes, 2 goals, 5 interceptions (4-0 v Everton)

A crafty interception and finish into an empty net was followed by a trademark goal as Australian superstar Sam Kerr bagged a double in Chelsea’s rampant FA Women’s Super League win over Everton.


Ji So-yun (Chelsea, Korea Republic)
86 minutes, 56 passes completed, 1 assist, 1 secondary assist (4-0 v Everton)

Where Kerr was scoring, Ji So-yun was providing, playing a part in two goals in a typically superb midfield performance from a player who will be key to Korea Republic's AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualification hopes in the coming week.


Eldor Shomurodov (AS Roma, Uzbekistan)
23 minutes, 1 assist, 80% pass accuracy (2-1 v Sassuolo)

Another crucial cameo from the Uzbekistan striker, who came off the bench to set up Stephan El Shaarawy’s late winner in Jose Mourinho’s 1,000th game as a manager, keeping Roma atop the league standings.


Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Zorya Luhansk, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 78% pass accuracy, 12 duels won (1-1 v Rukh Lviv)

Speed, anticipation and composure beyond his years were all on show as 20-year-old Allahyar Sayyadmanesh saved Zorya Luhansk from defeat with an expertly taken equaliser in the Ukrainian Premier League.


Shen Mengyu (Celtic, China PR)
45 minutes, 2 assists (2-2 v Glasgow City)

Sent on as a half-time substitute with her side 2-0 down to defending Scottish Women’s Premier League champions Glasgow City, 20-year-old Chinese midfielder Shen Mengyu announced her arrival in style, providing two assists to help her side claim a potentially crucial draw.


Jasur Yakhshiboev (FC Sheriff, Uzbekistan)
48 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist (2-0 v Petroclub)

A goal and an assist on debut for well-travelled Uzbek forward Jasur Yakhshiboev, whose blistering start to life at FC Sheriff could see him feature in the UEFA Champions League in the coming weeks.


Musa Al Taamari (OH Leuven, Jordan)
70 minutes, 81% pass accuracy, 6 successful dribbles, 2 shot assists (2-1 v Kortrijk)

An impressive 70-minute showing from Jordan’s Musa Al Taamari, who was a constant threat as his OF Leuven side claimed a 2-1 win over Kortrijk to secure to their first league win of the season.


Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart, Japan)
90 minutes, 17 duels won, 9 interceptions (1-1 v Eintracht Frankfurt)

A matter of days after back-to-back 90-minute showings in Osaka and Doha, Japan’s Wataru Endo played a pivotal defensive midfield role as his VfB Stuttgart defied Waldemar Anton’s red card to salvage a point in Frankfurt.

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