Football is fast becoming a prominent sport in Asia thanks to huge investments in the game both domestically and overseas. As a result the continent is developing a ridiculously talented crop of players who are fast making a name for themselves in Europe. Below we take a look at the 5 best Asian players in FIFA 22.
The 5 Best Asian Players in FIFA 22
5. Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal: RB)
Since arriving at Arsenal from Bologna in the summer of 2021 Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, cementing himself as a first team regular at the Emirates. A more traditional right back, who’s solid in the tackle and defensively sound, Tomiyasu has an overall rating of 78 in FIFA 22 with a potential of 85, which he’s more than capable of achieving considering he’s still only 22. At the time of writing, Tomiyasu has already made over 25 appearances for Japan’s senior national team.
4. Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt: CAM, CF)
Another Japanese international making a name for himself in Europe, Daichi Kamada is a creative midfielder blessed with incredible technical ability. Rated 79 overall with a potential of 82 the 24-year-old, who currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany, enjoys receiving the ball to feet and running at defenders with 85 dribbling and 83 ball control. An intelligent player, with 79 positioning and 83 vision, Kamada is great at finding space between the lines where he’s able to carve open defences with 80 short passing. Don’t be surprised if Kamada joins one of Europe’s big boys when his current contract ends in the summer of 2023.
3. Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen: ST)
Sardar Azmoun’s recent goal scoring record speaks for itself, 92 goals in 141 appearances for club and country, the lad’s prolific and a serious goal machine. So it’s no surprise to see the Iranian so high on the list. Rated 80 overall with a potential of 81 Azmoun, as you’d expect, is deadly in front of goal with 83 finishing. But it’s in the air where he’s most dangerous. Like more old-fashioned strikers a large portion of the 27-year-old’s goals have come using his head. 90 jumping and 84 heading accuracy in FIFA 22 illustrate the threat he poses. Stick it in the mixer and Azmoun will do the rest. Simple.
2. Mehdi Taremi (Porto: ST, CF)
Another Irainin striker flourishing in Europe, Mehdi Taremi may not be as prolific or deadly in front of goal as compatriot Sardar Azmoun, but his all round game is far superior. 83 positioning, 81 vision and 78 short passing allow the Porto striker to drop deep and link up play. A silky operator with 84 ball control, 81 dribbling and four star skill moves, Taremi is a talented ball carrier with a quick turn of pace. In front of goal he’s composed and efficient with 81 finishing and shot power. Rated 80 overall in FIFA 22 the 28-year-old’s potential rating, also 80, would imply he’s already hit his peak and there’s little, if any, of him improving in the near future. That said, he’s still a very talented forward and is likely to continue playing at the top level for many years to come.
1.Heung Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur: LW, LM, ST)
Asia’s poster boy and world class talent, Heung Min Son has been a revelation since signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. Now into his seventh season with the Premier League club, the 28-year-old has a phenomenal goal-scoring record for a player who has predominantly played out wide as a supporting act to the prolific Harry Kane. As a pair they’ve formed a flourishing partnership with the South Korean often acting as the supplier, with 84 short passing and 83 crossing.
Son is direct in his running and uses 90 sprint speed and 87 dribbling to burst towards goal. Once there he’s composed and clinical with 88 finishing and shot power. Rated 89 overall Son is among the best players in world football right now, and whilst he’s not expected to improve in the near future, he is highly sought after!
The fact that all five of Asia’s best players in FIFA 22 play in Europe shows how far the continent has come in recent years. And it’s not just one country, or region, that’s producing the talent. From Iran to South Korea football is growing across the largest continent on the planet at a ridiculous rate. Long may it continue.