Even the potential of ‘Speed Racer’ Kim In-seong (34, Pohang) has exploded. Recruiting this season has also become a lucrative business.
Pohang Steelers has been undefeated in the K League 1 for a month since the opening in late February. Nevertheless, the expression of Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong was not very bright. He went so far as to say, “The players in the second team do better.” The performance of the players recruited ahead of this season has been slow. Pohang lost a lot of key members after the end of last season. Although Baek Seong-dong, Kim In-seong, and Kim Jong-woo filled the spot with a sense of immediate power, it was evaluated that the destructive power was inferior to that of the existing members. At least, foreign players Jeka and Oberdan struggled in the forefront and midfield, respectively.
But when April came, the recruits started to do their part. In the Jeonbuk expedition on the 1st, in the 12th minute of the second half when they were trailing 0-1, Baek Seong-dong, who moved from FC Anyang and was on the K League 1 stage for the first time in his life, scored a goal of the season. Then, in extra time in the second half, he delivered a cross like gold to the door that helped Zecca’s first goal of the season and the winning goal.안전놀이터
Baek Seong-dong also scored his second goal of the season with the help of Jeka in the 12th minute of the second half when he was leading 1-0 against Gwangju on the 8th. Even in a situation where there was no angle from the left side of the penalty box, he shook the net with a fantastic left-footed shot.
Kim Jong-woo was playing the role of ‘game maker’ well in midfield. However, in director Kim’s eyes, there was still a regrettable part. Coach Kim stimulated Kim Jong-woo. “If you want to grow more, show a little more responsibility on the pitch.” Then Kim Jong-woo is also showing better performance. He faithfully fulfills his role as a link between offense and defense in silence, and when a shooting opportunity arises, he makes a bold shot. It seems that director Kim’s headache, which was worried about the loss of Shin Jin-ho, is alleviated.
This time, even Kim In-seong survived. Kim In-seong brought FC Seoul home on the 15th and scored a fantastic equalizer in the 42nd minute of the first half when the score was 0-1. With Kim In-seong’s unique elasticity, he jumped a cross from the left to the goal and succeeded in turning the game back to square one by matching his feet properly.
Kim In-seong, who pledged to revive through unprecedented physical training throughout the winter, was actually used as a replacement member until March. It was hard to come up with a play that could make use of his own strengths. However, he is now bringing his speed to his side.
After leaving Ulsan, Kim In-seong, who spent the last two years of patience at K-League 2 Seoul E-Land, came back to life, and Pohang’s scouting skills and coach Kim’s nickname of ‘rehabilitation plant manager’ are drawing attention again. Pohang is the only team undefeated in the K-League 1 this season (4 wins, 3 draws, 15 points).