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Sam Kerr, Mehdi Taremi, Son Heung-min and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!


Kuala Lumpur: League titles, hat-tricks and match-winning performances were on the menu as Asia’s overseas stars had another standout week outside the continent.

Sam Kerr sealed team and individual honours for Chelsea, Mehdi Taremi continued his brilliant debut season for Porto, while even a Tottenham defeat couldn’t prevent Son Heung-min from starring in the Premier League.

There were also dazzling displays from players in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Romania and Kazakhstan, but who was the week’s outstanding performer?

Study the contenders, based on performances from May 5 to 11, and cast your vote!

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Sam Kerr (Chelsea FC, Australia)
66 minutes, 2 goals, 3 shot assists (2-0 v Tottenham Hotspur)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist (5-0 v Reading)

What a week for the Australian captain. Three goals, one assist, one FA Women’s Super League winners medal and the Golden Boot in her first full season in the competition.

Local media are already weighing up whether Kerr’s 2020-21 campaign is the best ever by an Australian player. Should she guide Chelsea to victory in Sunday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League Final it will be beyond any doubt.


Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto, IR Iran)
86 minutes, 1 shot assist (1-1 v Benfica)
69 minutes, 2 goals, 2 assists, 83% pass accuracy (5-1 v Farense)

FC Porto’s title hopes are now officially dashed, but seemingly nothing can stop Mehdi Taremi from excelling for the Portuguese giants.

He was directly involved in four goals in Monday night’s thrashing of Farense, taking his personal scoring tally to 22 in all competitions this season, one more than his 21 for Rio Ave in 2019-20.


Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur, Korea Republic)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 88% pass accuracy (1-3 v Leeds United)

It was an afternoon to forget for Tottenham Hotspur, whose UEFA Champions League hopes suffered a heavy blow in their 3-1 defeat to Leeds, but Son Heung-min continued his excellent campaign with his 17th Premier League goal of the season.

Only Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have scored more.


Igor Sergeev (FC Aktobe, Uzbekistan)
90 minutes, 3 goals, 1 assist, 78% attacking duels won (5-1 v FC Zhetsyu)

The scorer of more than 100 goals during two spells with Uzbek giants Pakhtakor, Igor Sergeev is now hitting similar heights in nearby Kazakhstan.

The 28-year-old scored a hat-trick of headers in Aktobe’s 5-1 hammering of Zhetsyu on Sunday, also providing an assist for Bojan Djubaić’s goal in his best performance yet for his new club.


Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United, Australia)
90 minutes, 9 saves, 2 penalty saves (0-1 v Manchester City)

West Ham United didn’t quite pull off an upset win against high flying Manchester City in their final FA Women’s Super League outing of the season, but they were given a fighting chance by the sensational goalkeeping performance of Australia’s Mackenzie Arnold.

She saved a pair of penalties from Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle – both FIFA Women’s World Cup winners – and made several other top saves in a superb end to her first season in England.


Ajdin Hrustic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Australia)
68 minutes, 1 goal, 56 passes completed, 93% pass accuracy (1-1 v Mainz 05)

It was a breakthrough moment for Ajdin Hrustić on Sunday, with the Australian scoring his first Bundesliga goal to secure a share of the spoils for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Having entered the fray as an early substitute, Hrustić was Frankfurt’s best player, excelling throughout and capping his hour-long stint with a wonderfully inventive goal.


Junya Ito (KRC Genk, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 79% pass accuracy, 4 successful dribbles (3-0 v Club Brugge)

Does Junya Ito have a case - alongside Mehdi Taremi and Sam Kerr - as Asia’s most in-form overseas-based player?

A thumping strike against league-leading Club Brugge was his latest party piece in the Belgian top flight. He’s now tallied four goals and seven assists in his last six games for club and country.


Saeid Ezatolahi (Vejle Boldklub, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 77% pass accuracy, 5 interceptions (4-2 v SønderjyskE)

A thumping goal in brilliant Sunday sunshine in front of thousands of delighted fans. They don’t call football the beautiful game for nothing.

Saeid Ezatolahi’s 25-yard strike not only put smiles on the faces of Vejle's fans, it capped a terrific performance and put the Danish side out of relegation danger with three games remaining.


Mahmoud Al Mawas (FC Botoșani, Syria)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist, 92% pass accuracy (3-2 v Universitatea Craiova)

Syria’s Mahmoud Al Mawas has shown his quality several times since joining Romanian outfit Botoșani in the winter, but this performance was among his very best.

He opened the scoring in the ninth minute, then set up his team’s late winner in a cracking game against Universitatea Craiova on Sunday, keeping them in with an outside chance of European qualification with three games remaining.


Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 4 saves (0-1 v Gil Vicente)
90 minutes, 6 saves, 5 crosses claimed (1-1 v Pacos de Ferreira)

Iranian goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh is finishing his season in excellent form, playing a huge role in his side’s 1-1 draw against Pacos De Ferreira with a string of excellent saves.

Abedzadeh has conceded just twice in his last five games, making 20 saves in the process.

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