clubs change attitudes, more K-Leaguers head to Europe
Bae Joon-ho, who is set to join English Championship (2nd division) side Stoke City, departs for a medical test at Incheon International Airport on Aug. 28.
A number of Korean leaguers are heading to Europe this summer. From national striker Cho Kyu-sung (25, Mitwillan) to U20 players Bae Joon-ho (20, Stoke) and Kim Ji-soo (19, Brentford), to K League players Yang Hyun-joon (21) and Kwon Hyuk-kyu (22, Celtic), 스포츠토토 players in various positions have challenged the European stage.
One of the reasons for the increase in the number of K-Leaguers going to Europe is the changed attitude of clubs. K League clubs, which were previously negative and passive about player transfers, are showing a change in attitude, showing openness to player transfers.
Daejeon Hana Citizen’s Bae Jun-ho left for England on the morning of the 28th through Incheon International Airport. Bae is expected to finalize a transfer agreement after undergoing a medical with English Championship (2nd Division) side Stoke City.
Despite the early hour, some of the club’s staff, including Daejeon Secretary General Lee Jo-young, came to see off Bae Jun-ho. A Daejeon club official said, “There is a symbolism of going to Europe after Hana Citizen took over the club. We are celebrating inside the club. We came to the airport to cheer him on.”
Daejeon was quick to talk to Stoke City during the transfer negotiations, which helped Bae Jun-ho reach Europe.
Bae Jun-ho is a U22 player, which is a card that Daejeon has utilized well this season. He’s also a highly marketable player, with his popularity growing both within Daejeon and around the K League. On top of that, he still has three years and six months left on his contract with Daejeon.
But Daejeon was determined. They decided that they would not block the player’s transfer as long as they met their own transfer fee. This was the decision of the club and parent organization, 토토 who prioritized the player’s future. In addition, Daejeon head coach Lee Min-sung was supportive of the player’s desire to play in Europe.
Bae Jun-ho is well aware of this. “I am very grateful that the club actively supported me during the transfer process. Thanks to them, I was able to leave with a good relationship,” he said.
This battle is an example of the recent shift in attitudes among K League clubs toward player transfers. They won’t stop them.
Previously, when Cho Kyu-sung left for Mitwylan, Jeonbuk cooperated as much as possible to help him get to Europe. When Kim Ji-soo, Yang Hyun-joon, Kwon Hyuk-kyu, Lee Han-beom, and others chose to go to Europe, their respective clubs were open to the idea.
A soccer insider said, “In the past, K League clubs didn’t care much about making money. They were only concerned with their performance. However, the atmosphere has changed recently.” “Now, they are helping and approving players’ transfers as long as the conditions are right. This is definitely a positive change compared to the past.”
Another official said, “The atmosphere has changed within the K-League as some clubs are making profits through outstanding prospects. Europe has also sensed this and is watching K-Leaguers with more interest and actively contacting them.” “If the players who went out this time are successful, it is expected that there will be a steady stream of players who go directly from the K-League to Europe,” 스포츠토토링크 he said.