With several leagues concluding dramatically and others just kicking off, Goal.com's editorial team from across the continent gives you the best of Asia for the month of October
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 October 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 - Eiji Kawashima
Japan's multilingual netminder has finally adjusted to his new club; his 2-0 shutout at Genk on October 31 was just his second clean sheet of the season. But Kawashima's three wins for his club were overshadowed by a very large result for his country when he stopped the never-ending French assault in the Samurai Blue's 1-0 win over Les Bleus in Paris. The following 4-0 loss to Brazil was less a reflection of Kawashima's skills as it was an indication of the gap in strength between Japan and some of the world's top footballing nations.
|Defender - Piyaphon Bantao
At one point merely considered an average midfielder, Buntao was forced to play out of position after the arrival of Slavisa Jokanovic. But on the right flank he's blossomed, standing tall for Muangthong throughout their undefeated season.
Piyaphon started in all six of his team's league matches in October. His performance in their 8-1 win at BBCU FC, which included an assist to Teerasil Dangda, earned the 24-year-old praise from local media as one of the season's best right-backs.
|Defender - Dino Djulbic
The powerful 28-year-old has had a month that most strikers would hardly dare dream of, let alone a central defender. Formerly of Gold Coast United and Perth Glory, Djulbic scored in each of his side's three league games, in which Guizhou collected five points to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive. Djulbic has been a constant scoring threat for the CSL side, claiming five goals in 28 league appearances this campaign.
|Defender - Yuto Nagatomo
Nagatomo got off to a poor start to the month when he was shown a red card in the ever-important derby match between Inter and AC Milan, but redeemed himself five days later with an inspired performance in Japan's shock win against France. Despite missing a game as a result of the red card, Nagatomo remained a vital part of Inter's undefeated October and has reportedly been rewarded with a contract extension that will see him playing at San Siro through at least 2016.
|Right Winger - Kyi Lin
The 20-year-old youngster single-handedly dragged Myanmar all the way to qualification for the AFF Suzuki Cup final round with three goals and some flamboyant performances during the play-offs hosted in his country. A young quality player who would surely benefit from a more challenging league, it's possible that Lin could gain attention from a larger Southeast Asian club with a good Suzuki Cup performance.
|Central Midfielder - Javad Nekounam
Nekounam scored his country's most important goal of the last few years, helping Team Melli to a 1-0 win over South Korea in Tehran. The victory put Iran in first place of Group A, giving them control of their own destiny as they power towards a spot in the 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil. The 32-year-old midfielder has played more than acceptable football since joining Esteghlal, who now stand at the head of the table in Iran's top division.
|Central Midfielder - Badri Radhzi
The Kelantan skipper completed the treble with the Red Warriors this season, winning the Malaysia Super League, FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup. He is a tireless defensive midfielder with an eye for a killer pass; this skill was manifested in a dominant winning display against ATM in an epic Malaysia Cup Final where Radhzi created all of his team's three goals in a 3-2 victory. He bossed the midfield and spurred his teammates on with his influential style of play. The one thing the 30-year-old is missing from his CV remains a cap for the Malaysian national team.
|Left Winger - Son Heung-Min
Son is not only the hottest talent in Korea but also in Germany where he has lit up the Bundesliga after establishing himself as a starter. In October, he scored game-winning goals against Furth and Augsburg, bringing his total to five so far this season. Hamburg are reportedly keen on a new contract, but Liverpool and even Inter have expressed interest in acquiring the 20-year-old's services.
|Striker - Teerasil Dangda
Muangthong United captured a historic third straight Thai Premier League title since earning promotion four years ago, breaking the league scoring record (78 goals), and going undefeated throughout the entire season. Their tremendous achievements in 2012 were largely due to Teerasil's lethal performance. His 24 goals, including seven in October, set a new domestic record. Thai Player of the Year honours were a suitable farewell for the 24-year-old, who is likely bound for Europe after the AFF Suzuki Cup.
|Striker - Lee Keun-Ho
The veteran scored in both Asian Champions League semi-final matches against Bunyodkor to lead Ulsan Hyundai to their first-ever tournament final. In the away leg Lee was involved in all three of his team goals as he assisted the equalizer, earned the corner kick that lead to the game-winner, and scored the third goal himself to put the match away. The former Gamba Osaka man also scored in the home leg to assure that Ulsan would host the one-legged final, with a potential match-up against Chelsea in the Club World Cup the ultimate prize.
|Striker - Amjad Radhi
The striker was the main force behind Arbil's success in the AFC Cup semi-final against Chonburi, scoring four goals on his own and assisting in several others. the 22-year-old, who was the top scorer in the 2009-2010 Iraqi Premier League with 33 goals, is expected to figure heavily in Zico's squad as Iraq pushes to escape from Asia's Group B in qualifying for Brazil 2014.
|Manager – Richard Bok
Singapore Armed Forces FC
While his side have not had the strongest of seasons compared to their heyday in the mid-00's, Bok's announcement that he would leave the club he has been associated with for the last 17 years sparked a revival as the Warriors aspired to give their long-time coach a proper send-off.
They fulfilled this with a blistering October run, defeating Gombak United in the Singapore Cup semi-finals before completing a dramatic comeback win over Tampines Roversin the final at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Nurshahrul Idlan Talaha
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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