Japan’s Mitoma, this season’s EPL’s 7th goal → surpassed the sluggish Son Heung-min

April 3, 2023 0 Comments

Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma (25), who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion FC (Brighton) in the English Premier League, scored his 7th league goal this season.

Mitoma scored a goal in the 29th round of the Premier League in the 2022-23 season against Brentford held at Palmer Stadium in Brighton, England on the 1st. Mitoma equalized with a lob shot in the 21st minute with Brighton trailing 0-1.

This goal became the most goals scored by a Japanese player in one season in the EPL. Also, this goal is Mitoma’s 7th Premier League goal this season.

This surpassed the previous record of 6 goals in one season in the Japanese Premier League, previously owned by Shinji Okazaki (36) and Shinji Kagawa (34). The official Premier League social media (SNS) account also congratulated Mitoma on achieving a new record.

Mitoma scored 10 goals in 28 appearances for the team this season, including not only league but also cup competitions. He scored 10 goals, including 7 Premier League goals, 2 FA Cup goals and 1 Carabao Cup (League Cup) goal. 메이저놀이터

In addition to this goal, Mitoma has scored more goals in the Premier League than Son Heung-min this season. Son Heung-min, who has been sluggish this season, has only scored six goals in the Premier League. In total he scored 10 goals, including cup competitions.

For reference, Son Heung-min holds the record for the most goals scored by an Asian player in EPL history. Son Heung-min scored 23 goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season, becoming joint top scorer with Mo Salah. He scored 17 goals in the 2020-21 season and 14 goals in the 2016-17 season, holding all the records up to 3rd in the Premier League’s most goalscoring Asian player.

Meanwhile, Mitoma is said to be receiving love calls from Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool after this season. In particular, Manchester United are showing great interest in his scout.

Mitoma, who joined Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League in 2020, moved to the Premier League during the transfer window in the summer of 2021. However, as soon as Brighton signed Mithoma, he was immediately sent on loan to Belgian club Royal Union Saint-Giloise. In his first European appearance, Mitoma scored 8 goals and 4 assists in 29 appearances.

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