Reporter Lee Hyun-min = Japanese national team midfielder Mitoma Kaoru (25, Brighton & Hove Albion) is heating up the Premier League.
Mitoma played a big role in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which just ended last month, helping Japan advance to the round of 16. After returning to Brighton, he is flying high. In the 21st round of the league against Leicester City on the 22nd, he shook the net with a fantastic kick in the 27th minute of the first half. The ball coiled and landed right in the top inner corner of the goal.
In the so-called ‘Son Heung-min’, Mitoma took the lead. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) scored numerous goals with a right-footed in-front shot after hitting the inside near the corner of the opponent’s penalty box. It was a scene that came up several times last season when he became the first Asian player to score with 23 goals. Mitoma is also receiving compliments from football legends and fans for his exquisitely wrapped kick in the in-front.
Mitoma has scored 3 goals and 1 assist in the last 5 official matches, including the FA Cup. In the game against Liverpool on the 15th, he failed to operate the attack point, but he played a game that took out the opponent’s soul. In the remaining 4 games, all attack points were achieved. In the match against Leicester, he was selected as the match MOM 메이저놀이터.
Brighton manager Roberto De Gerbi, who watched this, gave the thumbs up, saying, “It was a great goal.” English legend Michael Owen praised Mitoma, saying, “I think Mitoma is the most valuable player financially,” and Italian legend Anlessandro Del Piero also greeted him directly, saying, “Congratulations, Mitoma!”
It didn’t stop there. Fans cheered in unison when Brighton posted Mitoma’s goal on the official Twitter account. One fan exclaimed, “The most unique and dangerous player Asia has ever produced.” Then, another fan applauded generously, saying, “It’s underrated,” “The more you look at it, the better it is,” “The best winger in the Premier League,” “Legendary class,” and “I’m proud of it.”