5 April 2024

Gwangju, “Three consecutive losses,” will recruit three players from the U-23 Asian Cup…”Lee Junghyo Magic” is a big reef in the beginning

By pestfood.com

Gwangju FC faces a reef at the beginning of the season.

If you don’t cross this reef, you can run aground, whereas if you do, you can go further up the flow.

Gwangju will have three main players participating in the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Qatar Asian Cup from mid-August to early May. Gwangju, which already lacks thick squads, could face realistic limitations.

Gwangju has relatively thin squads among K-League 1 teams. Ahead of this season, the team expanded its squad by recruiting new faces including Victor Viktor, Gabriel, Park Tae-joon, Choi Kyung-rok and Kim Jin-ho to participate in the AFC Champions League, but failed to establish a perfect double squad like some other teams due to financial constraints.

There is also a clear gap between players, and some players have not yet adapted to the team. Many players who are judged to be out of shape, poor training attitude, or lack competitiveness have not yet played or have only played for a short time.

This could be a drag on Gwangju. With three competitions to be held at the same time this season, Gwangju will face its first crisis this year. It is the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup. 유흥알바

In Gwangju, side midfielder Umji-sung, center back Byun Jun-su, and Aleksandar Popovich will participate in the competition. Umji and Byun Jun-su were called up by Hwang Sun-hong on the 1st and have not been able to be together since the match against Incheon United, and Popovich will join the Australian national team on the 7th, a day after the match against Gimcheon Sangmu. Gwangju has to play against Gimcheon without Umji and Byun Jun-su and schedule until early May without three players.

All of them are resources that could potentially create a huge void. Um Ji-sung has been a key player in Gwangju from the past, and Popovich, who was hired this season, has also started all five matches since the season’s opening, receiving trust from coach Lee Jung-hyo. Byun only played twice as a substitute, but he is clearly capable of adding an option to Gwangju’s defense.