Players who are considered the flag bearers of the generational change of the soccer team are growing their presence on the European stage.

Hong Hyun-seok (24) of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League Gent started on the 14th in the 2022-2023 season Europa Conference League quarterfinals 1st leg home game against West Ham of the English Premier League (EPL) and played for 64 minutes. Gent conceded the first goal in extra time in the first half, but scored a comeback goal and drew 1-1.

West Ham is the highest level among the teams Hong Hyun-seok has ever faced. As an EPL team, the world’s top league, it stayed in 14th this season, but it ranked 7th last season. There are nine national team players, including Lucas Paqueta (Brazil) and Declan Rice (England).

Central midfielder Hong Hyeon-seok was not taken aback by the opponent’s strong pressure and played the game with appropriate passes and breakthroughs. A typical example is the scene in the 14th minute of the second half, when the ball was exchanged from the side and connected to striker Gift Emmanuel Orban’s shot in the penalty box. Here, he actively participated in the defense from the rear and played the role of a housekeeper.

Hong Hyeon-seok moved from Rask Linz (Austria) to Ghent this season and scored 5 goals and 6 assists, recording double-digit attack points. Gent are cruising in 4th place in the league with an unbeaten run in the last 5 games. Hong Hyun-seok is also making a big success in the conference league with 1 goal and 3 assists.

As for his national team, Hong Hyun-seok’s growth is bound to be welcomed. Hong Hyun-seok did not participate in the Qatar World Cup last year, but he was selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games national team. He can play anywhere in the midfield, so he is attracting attention as a resource that can add variety to his national team’s tactics. 안전놀이터

Kang-in Lee (22, Mallorca), who played in the World Cup in Qatar, was at the center of the topic with rumors of a transfer to the EPL. On the 13th, Lee Kang-in’s agent, Javier Garrido, posted pictures of his visits to Manchester City and Aston Villa on his personal SNS. It cannot be concluded that Garrido is negotiating the transfer of Lee Kang-in with these teams. However, it is unusual for an agent who mainly manages Spanish Primera Liga players to visit England during the season.

Lee Kang-in’s transfer market value is 15 million euros (approximately 21.5 billion won) based on the Transfer Markt, the highest among the players managed by Garrido. It is not a huge burden for EPL clubs that are ahead of them in terms of financial power. Previously, Spanish media Marca emphasized, “The EPL team that wants Lee Kang-in is the top team, the Big 6.”

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