Incheon United will play the first half based on the squad that has been expanded throughout the winter without additional reinforcements. However, Mugosa is an exception.
Mugosa is the best foreigner ever in Incheon. He wore an Incheon uniform in 2018 and scored 68 points in 129 games before leaving for Vissel Kobe in the summer of 2022. He is the highest scorer in Incheon club history.
Kobe paid a buyout of 1 million dollars (approximately 1.3 billion won) for the transfer fee of Mugosa. Although he transferred with great expectations, he is not considered important in the team. He only appeared in 5 J1 League games in the second half of last season, and even started in only one game. Things haven’t gotten better this season either. While the league has already progressed to the 3rd round, he was recently substituted in the game against Gamba Osaka and only played 2 minutes.
While playing time was not guaranteed, Mugosa also wanted to return to Incheon. A person close to Mugosa said, “I miss Incheon,” and CEO Jeon Jeon-soo of Incheon also said that he was pushing for a return to Mugosa in December of last year.
The problem is Kobe’s will. Thanks to the strong support of parent company Rakuten, the team’s primary goal is to build a thick squad even if they don’t use players. In fact, there are former and current Japanese national team players Osako Yuya and Muto Yoshinori in the striker position. Even so, Incheon cannot pay back the huge amount that Kobe paid and bring it back. This transfer is only possible if Kobe has the will to release the player.
In fact, Incheon also plays the season assuming that there is no gosa. On the 4th, ahead of the home game against Hana Citizen in the second round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023, Daejeon Hana Citizen, Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan said, “It was originally a part that I considered recruiting Hana Mugosa, and I prepared all winter under the assumption that he was not there. , I prepared in advance, so there won’t be any big problems.” 안전놀이터
In other words, if the recruitment of Wugosa fails, the plan is to continue the season as it is without additional reinforcement. In the 2023 season, K League 1 clubs can have a total of six foreign players, up to one nationality of an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member country, in addition to five people of no nationality. Incheon has a total of four people, including three people of nationality (Hernandez, Mpoku, and Zerso) and Delbridge, a member of the AFC.
Coach Cho added, “At this time, you can’t go out and check with your own eyes and bring players in. The risk is too great to bring in players just by watching the video. I think we should make full use of the current resources.”
Incheon has no additional reinforcement plans other than Mugosa, which is in fact in crisis. The registration period for K-League players is until the end of this month. Attention is focusing on whether Incheon, who wanted the legendary Mugosa all winter long, will embrace him again after waiting.