10 players to watch at the Asian Cup
Keisuke HondaThe Japanese midfield dynamo is definitely up there as one of the best players who will grace the Asian Cup this year. The Milan star has the creativity and power to boss the middle of the park for the Blue Samurai. Honda struggled in his early days at Milan, but from the start of this season has become an integral part of the Rossoneri, who can make things happen going forward, whether its a rifling left footed free-kick or a poacher's finish.
The third Japanese star on the list. Okazaki is a goal getter. The third all-time top goalscorer for the Blue Samurai with 40 goals, will certainly be in the hunt for the golden boot. While he does have a knack of goalscoring Okazaki is not just a poacher. The tireless Mainz forward has an exceptional work rate to match his ability of sticking the ball in the back of the net.
Reza Ghoochannejhad'Gucci' as Reza is commonly known, is definitely one of Iran's new stars. In his international career Ghoochannejhad has bagged 11 goals from his 19 caps, and has been in sensational recent form for both club and country. Reza netted 6 times in 6 consecutive Asian cup qualifiers to finish as the top scorer of the qualifiers. Gucci has also replicated this sort of form in the 2014/15 season for Al-Kuwait scoring an incredible 11 goals in 10 games.
The Uzbekistan captain has surpassed a century of caps for his country and fully deserves to be a part of this list. Twice named Asian footballer of the year, Djeparov is an all-round midfielder who is as influential for his country's hopes as one man can possibly be.