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Sam Kerr, Wataru Endo, Amir Abedzaeh and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week! 


Kuala Lumpur: An extended international window has come and gone, and several of Asia’s stars wasted no time showing their class for a range of clubs outside the continent.

With an Australian hat-trick in England, Iranian goalkeeping heroics in Portugal and a Japanese double act in Belgium just a sample of the memorable contributions, there are several worthy candidates for this week’s crown.

But who was the week’s outstanding Asian player abroad? We’ve narrowed it down to a 10-player shortlist, based on performances from April 1 to 7.

Take a look at the nominees below and don’t forget to cast your vote.

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Yuma Suzuki (Sint-Truiden, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 shot assist (2-1 v Mechelen)
90 minutes, 2 goals, 87% pass accuracy (4-2 v Waasland-Beveren)

Three goals in four days - all the result of expert positioning - made Yuma Suzuki’s return to the Sint-Truiden starting line-up a particularly happy one. The Japanese striker was the chief destroyer as the formerly relegation-threatened club climbed seven points clear of danger.


Daiki Hashioka (Sint-Truiden, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 assist, 8 interceptions (2-1 v Mechelen)
90 minutes, 2 assists, 87% pass accuracy (4-2 v Waasland-Beveren)

As good as Suzuki was at scoring goals over the past week, Daiki Hashioka was equally as effective in setting them up. The 21-year-old only made his Belgian debut a little over a month ago, but he’ll be a fan favourite in no time if he keeps performing like this.


Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)
65 minutes, 3 goals, 5 shots, 1 shot assist (6-0 v Birmingham City)

Even by the incredibly high standards of one of the best strikers in world football, Sam Kerr is in outstanding form. The Matildas star bagged a hat-trick by half-time to take her tally to 10 goals in her last six outings ahead of Australia’s first international match in over a year.


Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 5 saves, 4 reflex saves, 86% pass accuracy (0-1 v Benfica)

He wasn’t on the winning side, but Iranian shot-stopper Amir Abedzadeh delivered a superb performance against Portuguese giants Benfica on Monday. He made five saves, including three from one-on-one situations, and was only beaten from the penalty spot as Maritimo fell to a narrow defeat.


Saleh Chihadeh (FC Thun, Palestine)
62 minutes, 1 goal (3-1 v FC Wil)

Fresh from nearly 90 thankless minutes as Palestine’s lone striker in a 5-0 away defeat to Saudi Arabia in the Asian Qualifiers, Palestine’s Saleh Chihadeh shook off his international disappointment to continue his excellent form at club level in Switzerland, scoring his fourth league goal in just over a month for Thun.


Aias Aosman (FC Hermannstadt, Syria)
81 minutes, 1 goal, 15 duels won (4-1 v Argeș)

It may have been scored on a muddy pitch, but you will not find many cleaner finishes than the one from Aias Aosman over the past weekend. The Syrian playmaker defied the conditions to steer home a terrific volley for Romanian side Hermannstadt, who picked up just their fifth win of the season against Argeș.


Hwang Ui-jo (Bordeaux, Korea Republic)
80 minutes, 1 goal, 82% pass accuracy, 2 shot assists (2-3 v Strasbourg)

It was a far from memorable international break for Korea Republic, but you can bet Paulo Bento’s side will be eager to welcome back Hwang Ui-jo when they next assemble in June. The striker tucked away a penalty in France at the weekend to make it four goals in his last three games for Bordeaux.


Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart, Japan)
90 minutes, 60 passes completed, 95% pass accuracy, 16 duels won (1-0 v Werder Bremen)

A goal scorer against Korea Republic during the international window, Wataru Endo took no time to readjust to life in the Bundesliga, turning in a standout display as Stuttgart made it 10 points from their last five matches in the top flight.


Harry Souttar (Stoke City, Australia)
90 minutes, 12 interceptions, 90% aerial duels won (2-0 v Bristol City)
90 minutes, 67 passes completed, 21 duels won, 22 recoveries (1-2 v Millwall)

Australia’s towering central defender continued his excellent individual season, earning Player of the Match honours against Bristol City before racking up massive numbers in several statistical indicators in a defeat to Millwall. Still only 22, Souttar has started 39 times for Stoke this season.


Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens, IR Iran)
51 minutes, 1 goal, 100% pass accuracy (1-5 v Olympiacos)

It was far from a memorable day for AEK Athens, who suffered a heavy defeat to rivals Olympiacos, but Karim Ansarifard could be proud of his efforts after netting his fourth goal in his last five matches for club and country. He had also scored against Syria in the international break.


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