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FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

As the tournament reaches its end, we pick out some of the most inspiring players throughout the campaign, which are ones to watch in the future.

1. Reno Piscopo – Australia U23

The Australian player has made quite an impact at this tournament. Playing as the left-winger, the former Italy-based came up with dazzling performances throughout the AFC U23 Championship, and help his team reached the Olympic Tokyo 2020.

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

A quite skillful dribbler, Piscopo also came up with one of the goals of the tournament. His free-kick against Iraq U23 was the first-ever goal of the tournament, and a quite stunning one, in fact. He also helped the teamplay, linking with forwards such as Nicolas D’Agostino and Al Hassan Toure to setting up goals, take them all the way to the Olympic Tokyo 2020.

2. Islom Kobilov – Uzbekistan U23

The former winner of the tournament back in 2018 is now given the armband at this year’s tournament. Although playing as a left-back, the captain has 3 goals until now, all from the penalty spot.

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

Not only did he bring the solidity at the back, but also the leadership to guide the team, and amazing mentality to convert from the spot. He is the team’s top scorer, and contribute much to the team's play in this tournament.

3. Cho Gue Sung – South Korea U23

Korean number 9 has made quite an impact since he was given opportunities from head coach Kim Hak Buk. The striker only started the last two games, and clinically scored two goals for the team.

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

He will certainly be put in mind by the Saudi Arabia U23 defenders, as the 185cm striker has proven to be lethal either inside or outside of the box.

4. Lee Dong Gyeong – South Korea U23

Much like his partner up front, Lee Dong Gyeong has 2 goals until now at this tournament. The left-footed attacking midfielder is such an all-rounded player. Holding the precious number 10 shirt, the midfielder has 5 key passes, registers 1 assist.

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

His goal at the 94th minute at the quarter-final against Jordan U23 shows his clutch mentality at the highest stake. With a dangerous left foot depicting shades of the young David Silva, the midfielder will be much of a great asset in the future, should he fulfill his potential.

5. Abdulbaset Al-Hindi – Saudi Arabia U23

Saudi Arabian is packed with power and aggression of a modern-day center-back. He and his alliances have formed such a strong bond in the defensive area, with only one goal conceded prior to the final against South Korea U23.

FUTURE STARS!!! Top 5 best players in the AFC U23 Championship

Statistically, he is a rock-solid defender. Having not been missed at every single minute at this tournament, the number 3 player has made 11 clearances, 5 successful tackles out of 7, 4 blocks and 6 interceptions at the full 5 matches. Although at only 181cm tall, he has the aerial duels success rate of 66,7%.