Bae Jun-ho said he needs to improve his physicality in the future.
Bae departed for England on the morning of the 28th through Incheon International Airport. This is to finalize the process of joining Stoke City. An official announcement is expected to be made once he completes his medical tests in the country. “I’m very excited,” Bae told reporters before his departure. I’m still excited because I’m going to the stage I’ve always dreamed of,” he said.
Bae Joon-ho has been one of the standout talents in K League 1 this season. He joined Daejeon last season and spent his professional career in the K League 2, and his potential has exploded this season. He literally ‘leveled up’ after getting a taste of major competition when he participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023.
Coach Lee Min-sung’s willingness to give him a chance also played a role. “He was very supportive and gave me warm words,” says Bae. He advised me to be confident in my abilities and that I could do well there,” he said.
Bae has played against some of the world’s top teams, including Italy, at the U20 World Cup. Recently, he participated in a match against Atletico Madrid, one of the top three teams in the Spanish La Liga, as a representative of Team K League.
At that time, Bae Jun-ho started and formed a midfield combination with Hankyung and Baek Seung-ho. Although he didn’t showcase his full range of skills, he did a great job as an offensive link. When Atletico coach Diego Simeone was asked who he thought was the most impressive of the team’s K League players, he replied, “No. 33 (Bae Jun-ho),” and said, “The way he played between the lines of the defense was impressive.”
Heading to Europe with world-class praise Of course, the challenge is in England, where Simeone plays a different style of football than in Spain. 바카라
Stoke play in the English Championship (second tier) and are currently in 10th place (6 points) in the 2023-24 season with two wins and two losses in four league games. They recently advanced to the second round of the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) after eliminating West Brom in the first round.
While they used to play a direct style of soccer, they are now refining a more nuanced style under Alex Neil. They use a 4-2-3-1 formation and a 3-5-2 formation. It’s a system that attacking midfielder Bae Jun-ho can adapt to well.