Park Jae-yong, the ‘second Cho Kyu-seong’, led the team to victory by scoring the winning goal in his league debut.
Jeonbuk Hyundai won 2-0 against Incheon United in the 25th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 7:00 pm on the 6th. With the victory on the day, Jeonbuk overtook Seoul and rose to third place alone.
The most notable thing about Jeonbuk’s starting lineup before the game was Park Jae-yong’s starting appointment. Park Jae-yong, who was selected as a replacement for Cho Kyu-seong (FC Mittwillan), who left the team through the transfer market this summer, moved to Jeonbuk, breaking the record for the highest transfer fee (approximately 1.1 billion won) for a K-League 2 player in Korea. He was showing good performance in the K-League 2 this season, scoring 6 goals and 1 assist, and was a recruit that many Jeonbuk fans expected as he was listed on the final list for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Jeonbuk coach Dan Petrescu also showed his anticipation by starting Park Jae-yong right away in the friendly match against PSG. Park Jae-yong, who played 45 minutes in the match against PSG, showed a decent performance by overcoming several times in competition with opponents’ central defenders with excellent physicals, although he could not raise an attack point. And about four days later, in a match against Incheon, Park Jae-yong made his league debut by being named in the starting lineup once again.메이저놀이터
The game went in an unexpected direction from the beginning. Before 10 minutes in the first half, it suddenly started to rain heavily. Due to the heavy rain in a short period of time, water started to accumulate in the stadium, and the ball stopped rolling properly.
However, it was rather an opportunity for Park Jae-yong, who has strengths in supply and post play. In the build-up situation at the rear, Jeonbuk released an attack by attempting a kick that hit Park Jae-yong in the front rather than releasing it through a pass. In addition, it was Park Jae-yong who showed a good connection by attempting not only aerial competitions but also post plays to turn his back on the opponent’s defense.
And in the 15th minute of the first half, Jeonbuk scored the opening goal. Han Kyo-won caught the ball that flowed out of the contest and attempted a right-footed shot, but it was stopped in front of Park Jae-yong due to stagnant water on the ground. Park Jae-yong, who caught the ball with his right foot, scored the opening goal with a shot aiming for the corner of the opponent’s goal. It was his debut goal, scored on his league debut. Afterwards, Jeonbuk even scored an additional goal by Han Kyo-won in the 45th minute, ending the first half with a score of 2-0.
In the second half, Park Jae-yong’s performance shone. As he already took the lead by scoring two goals in the first half, Jeonbuk focused on the defensive part in the second half. Park Jae-yong played the role of a barrier to the opponent’s rear build-up with a vigorous activity in the first line. He also possessed the ball as in the first half and frequently tried to connect with his teammates, showing solidity on the offensive line. Later, it was Park Jae-yong who made his league debut by replacing Gustavo in the 37th minute of the second half.
On this day, Park Jae-yong showed an active performance that perfectly filled the vacancy of his senior Cho Kyu-sung. Thanks to Park Jae-yong’s performance, Jeonbuk, which obtained 3 points, overtook Seoul with 40 points and rose to third place alone. This Incheon match was a game that clearly proved why Park Jae-yong was called ‘the second Cho Kyu-seong’.