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Kim Tae-hwan, and Lee Ki-je are the K-League players who can be said to have made full use of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup. Among the six players, Cho Hyun-woo and Kim Tae-hwan would have significantly reduced their playing time if Kim Seung-kyu and Lee Ki-je had not been out of the team due to injuries.
It can be said that Kim Young-kwon and Jung Seung-hyun also shared playing time with each other. Therefore, only Jung Seung-hyun, Seol Young-woo and Lee Ki-je can be considered K-League players who are envisioned to become Klinsmann's starting member under the premise that there were no injuries and performance problems. Considering that there were a total of 11 K-League players on the final list of Asian Cup players chosen by Klinsmann, it is very small.
They do not necessarily call for the use of K-League players. If a player is selected, the coach is also capable of making the most of them, but except for Seol Young-woo, Kim Tae-hwan and Cho Hyun-woo, other K-League players did not show good performance. Kim Jin-soo, Moon Seon-min, Park Jin-seop, Kim Joo-sung and Lee Soon-min either failed to play or had extremely limited playing time.
As a result of failing to use 26 players evenly, Korea was eliminated from the semifinals against Jordan after failing to exert all of its key players' physical strength. Kim Jin-soo, Park Jin-seop, and Lee Soon-min showed great performance in the K-League in the 2023 season, but only stayed on the bench to watch their teams fail. Did Kim Jin-soo cry after failing to make it to the semifinals.
On the other hand, Song is the only player who can say that he lacked playing time among foreign players. As Song is in the goalkeeper's position, it is difficult to discuss playing time. We can't deny that European players are generally good, but we need to know exactly how to use them to make the right substitution.
Why was Kim Jin-soo, who was in good physical condition after Seol Young-woo spent 30km for two games, only on the bench, why Park Jin-seop was only put in at the end of each game while Park Yong-woo was sluggish, why couldn't he use Moon Sun-min to change the atmosphere, and why was Lee Soon-min, who can be used in various roles, excluded from coach Klinsmann.
In the end, it seems to be only a problem caused by Klinsmann not watching the K-League in person. Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, Lee Kang-in, and Hwang Hee-chan visit the stadium every time and manage it, and K-League players do not even look at it properly. Even if coach Cha Du-ri visits the K-League stadium on behalf of coach Klinsmann, it is the coach who makes the final decision and directs it in the stadium.
Klinsmann has not even shown an attitude to solve these problems. "I'm going to leave the country around next week. I'm going to go and have a short break, and then I'm going to Europe for now to see the schedule of Lee Kang-in, Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae and other players and watch the game," he said at a press conference in his return.
Next week, the season of Jeonbuk Hyundai, Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers, which boast the best performance in K League 1, will begin next week. Jeonbuk and Pohang will start their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) schedule on the 14th and Ulsan on the 15th.
Why do players from overseas leagues seem to lack interest in K-League players while managing themselves? Based on the final roster of the Asian Cup, Jeonbuk and Ulsan have four or three national teams, respectively. Are they not directly managed by Klinsmann.
An official at the Korea Football Association (KFA) was reluctant to tell Klinsmann about his exact departure schedule. He replied that he would leave in the next week. "Then (Klinsmann's departure schedule) could change," another KFA official said after hearing about ACL schedules in Jeonbuk, Ulsan and Pohang. "Everything is undecided at the moment." It was also questionable whether the KFA is properly controlling Klinsmann.
I would also like to say that it is his duty as a coach to find players who have potential to compete with European players. When national team players in the K-League work hard, Klinsmann may take a break abroad. Is this the right way for a coach who is suffering from resignation and dismissal.
Friday, February 9, 2024