Goal.com casts a studious eye over the best performers from the world's biggest continent this month
Goal.com has revamped the Asian Player and Team of the Month feature, giving you, the readers, an opportunity to express your opinion. Thanks to our worldwide team, we were able to put together a squad of the best Asian footballers throughout September in a 3-4-3 formation.
However, to assert who is the best Asian player for the month, we are calling on you, our loyal readers, to join in the poll and vote.
Asian Best XI for September
|Goalkeeper - Deng Xiaofei
The 29 year old has been in inspired form this season for the Bloody Jasmines as they lead the Chinese Super League table by three points over Guanghzou Evergrande, who have played a game less. He has been one of the major reasons for the rise of Jiangsu Sainty this season alongside Aleksandar Jevtic and Christian Danalache. In the three games played this month, he has kept two clean sheets and that has hardly surprised many has earlier in the season, he set up a new league record of not having conceded a goal for 644 minutes.
|Defender - Hamad Al Montashari
The former Asian Footballer of the Year produced top performances for Al Ittihad in the month of September. In the first leg of the AFC Champions League quarterfinals, he played an important role at the back to shun Guanghzou Evergrande’s attackers and help his side to a 4-2 victory. In the domestic league too, he was at his best and helped his side keep two clean sheets in as many matches. The 30 year old is known for his consistent displays at the back not allowing the opposition much time in the area to cause trouble.
|Defender - Pejman Montazeri
The 29 year old is equally adept at mopping up attacks from the opposition and has a good ball control which allows him to keep possession instead of merely launching the ball forward. In the three matches he played this month for Esteghal, only one goal was conceded which only goes onto highlight the excellent work he does at the back. He even initiates several attacks which is one of the several reasons why Iran manager Carlos Queiroz likes him.
|Defender - Bai Jiajun
Having joined Shanghai Shenhua on loan for four months this July, the 21 year old has impressed the technical staff and has played every minute of the three matches the club played this month. He even managed to score a goal against Liaoning Whowin where they won 3-0. Many liken his style to that of Ashley Cole as he bombards the left flank throughout the 90 minutes by making life difficult for the opponent’s backline. If he continues this form, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sergio Batista requests his club to sign Jiajun on a permanent deal.
|Right Winger - Azamuddin Akil
The industrious national right winger who doubles up as a striker for Pahang has been in superb form of late. His direct, hard working style of play could not be contained by the opposition teams in Malaysia Cup this year with 4 goals out of 7 games. His energetic display against Lions XII in the Malaysia Cup Quarter Final recently merits his nomination this month.
|Central Midfielder - Hwang Jin-Sung
The 28 year old, who was the Asian Player of the month winner in August, has been in inspired form this month as well having scored 3 goals in four league matches. His track record over the last ten matches in league and FA Cup games has been exceptional with 6 goals and 7 assists to his name. Despite having had an eventful month, he was unlucky not to have made the cut for the national squad this time around.
|Central Midfielder - Hah Dae-Sung
Known as the 'Heart of Seoul', he was the core of team as they won 5 games in a row in the K-League. He will replace Koo Ja-Cheol who is injured and hence out of the national squad. The Korean fans would hope that he can maintain his club form with the national team as well. The League Association selected him as the Most Valuable Player of the previous round of matches and commented saying,” textbook performance from a central midfielder.”
|Left Winger - Takashi Inui
The German club, who got promoted to the Bundesliga, have had a dream start to their league campaign this season having five of their six matches so far. The 24 year old was an effervescent presence on the left wing against Dortmund and was rightly voted as the top of the match in the 3-3 draw against reigning champions Borussia Dortmund where he scored and notched an assist too. He is known for his dribbling skills and is a constant source of supply for through-balls.
|Striker - Manandeep Singh
Manandeep Singh played a key role as East Bengal lifted their third Federation Cup title in four years. The youngster, who joined the Red and Gold over the summer, scored the winner against ONGC which kept them in contention to make it into the knockout rounds. In the decider against Kalighat, he scored twice in a thrilling 4-3 win which sealed their place in the semis. In the final, he didn't disappoint and scored a goal in the extra time to give his side a 2-1 lead and eventually win the game 3-2.
|Striker - Hisato Sato
The 30 year old scored three goals in four matches for the Japanese club and helped them extend their lead at the top to five points. He has scored 20 goals this season which has seen his side be the top scorers in the league so far with 53 goals. If he continues this form until the end of the season, there will be little dispute as to who would win the J-League title.
|Striker - Irfan Bachdim
The Dutch-born forward has put in good performances during last three International friendly matches for Indonesia. Despite having failed to win against DPR Korea and Vietnam, Bachdim inspired the whole team with his vision and accurate passing. The peak of his form was when he successfully netted a hat-trick in a 5-0 Merah Putih's squad comfortable victory over Brunei.
|Manager – Withya Laohakul
His tactics has been precise but very demanding for the players as it relies heavily on focus and stamina. Under his tutelage, Chonburi have become a master of comebacks and just like Antonio Conte of Juventus, he has got his substitutes spot on as they do make an impact on the game. His team staged a miraculous comeback when they scored twice in the second half of the extra time against Syria’s Al-Shorta to book a berth in the semi-finals of the AFC Cup. In the domestic league too, they have been in outstanding form as they won their three matches and are placed second on the table.
The Goal.com team have had their say, and now it's your chance to vote for who you think should be the Asian Player of the Month!
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