Keisuke Honda has made quite a name for himself in 2010. Upon his transfer to CSKA Moscow, he scored a set piece in his debut in a UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla — securing advancement for the Army men. In the World Cup, he became the face of Japanese soccer, scoring twice in South Africa — once as a game winner against Cameroon and again from a set piece against Denmark. He's made such a huge impression that he seems likely to find his way at an even larger club such as Liverpool.
Honda is about as useful of a player as one can have in a squad. He can play anywhere in midfield, or even as a second striker, and he is, of course, one of the world's very best free kick takers. According to Russian sources, he would cost approximately $15 million (9 million pounds), but that number may be run up in a bidding war, as he is being considered both by Liverpool and by AC Milan.
While South Korea's Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong have become fixtures in the Premier League, few players from Asia's other countries have been able to make significant impacts. Honda, perhaps, could alter that trend at Anfield.
See some of his highlights below.