Southampton defender Maya Yoshida hoping more Japanese on way to Premier League

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida hopes to see more Japanese in the Premier League.

He knows there are more talented players back home who will get the chance of a move to England if he can prove he is able to cut it at the highest level.

Yoshida, who gets mobbed by hordes of Japanese journalists after every game, said: “I am the only centre-back from Asia playing in the Premier League so I am carrying the hopes of all the other defenders from my country.

“If we are successful or have good results the door is more open than before so I feel under pressure to perform.

“The Premier League is more high profile.

“Everyone wants to know how I am doing. It is a little bit strange how much attention I get.

“If I go to the national side it is always the same. Southampton are now much bigger than before.

“Before, nobody knew about Southampton – but now everyone knows.”

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