[Exclusive+] Rubbernecker-Boateng to Kim Jong-hwan… Summer transfer market codes ‘reunite with old mentors’

A technical striker who once received attention from a prestigious European club, but failed to develop his talent, seeks a comeback in the arms of a coach who had a relationship with his former team.

Busan IPark announced on the 14th 메이저사이트 that it had recruited striker Kim Jeong-hwan, who played for FC Seoul, Gwangju FC, and Seoul E-Land FC (Exports News reported exclusively on July 12).

Kim Jeong-hwan, born in 1997, joined FC Seoul in 2016 after going through Dogok Elementary School, Baekam Middle School, and Shingal High School. He received a lot of attention as a winger with dribbling skills and technique during his time in Shingalgo, and was recognized for his contribution to defense as well as offense. 

In particular, during his time at Shingalgo, Kim Jung-hwan received attention from Atlético Madrid, the prestigious Spanish La Liga club. Although he was specifically offered, he chose the challenge in Korea and wore the Seoul uniform. 

However, he did not receive a chance in Seoul, and Kim Jung-hwan transferred to Gwangju ahead of the 2018 season, and was moderated by Park Jin-seop, the current Busan coach. 

Kim Jung-hwan recorded 10 goals and 6 assists in 56 games over three seasons, and his skills blossomed. He also contributed to leading Gwangju to win the K League 2 in 2019. As much as he was together in Gwangju, Kim Jung-hwan is determined to develop again under the guidance of director Park Jin-seop in Busan. Busan is also aiming for a direct promotion by winning the season, running 3rd in the 2nd division this year.

In addition to Kim Jeong-hwan, this summer’s transfer market is notable for players reuniting with former coaches with whom they worked together in the past.

First of all, Suwon Samsung signed a 1 year and 6 month contract with veteran striker Koh Moo-yeol, who was playing for K-League 2 Chungnam Asan (Exports News, July 6, exclusive report) . From the day after his joining, Ko Moo-yeol started to reverse the team atmosphere by playing in a Suwon uniform. Suwon is also on the verge of escaping from the losing consciousness by drawing two games in a row.

Director Kim Byeong-soo and Koh Koo-yeol, who lead Suwon, have a priestly relationship. When Koh Moo-yeol attended Pocheol Technical High School, the commanding tower was coach Kim. In addition, when coach Kim led Gangwon FC in 2020-2021, the two joined forces to open a new heyday for Gangwon.

Director Kim explained, “I have no big ambitions because I recruited him as a ‘game changer’.”

In fact, Ko Moo-yeol, who made his Suwon debut as a substitute in the match against Daejeon in the 21st round, immediately changed the atmosphere and became a catalyst to make the score from 0-2 to 2-2. 

If Koh Moo-yeol went to Suwon to save the coach, there are players who flew from overseas to help the coach.

Jeonbuk recruited midfielder Nana Boatang from Ghana on the 12th. Boateng, who was coached by Jeonbuk Petrescu at CFR 1907 Cluj, is a Premier League Manchester City U-18 player who stands out for his excellent physical strength and offensive ability.

Boateng moved to CFR 1907 Cluj in Romania ahead of the 2021/22 season and established a relationship with Jeonbuk coach Petrescu, playing an active role as a key player and leading the team’s league championship.

Coach Petrescu wanted to embody his tactics more clearly by choosing his former pupil Boateng, who won the championship together with his second player signing.

With the addition of Boateng, Jeonbuk’s midfield is expected to become more solid. Attention is focusing on what kind of synergistic effect will be exerted on Petrescu’s Jeonbuk, which is on the rise.

The summer market ends on the 20th. The effort of each team to bring in a player who fits their code with an immediate sense of power is clearly revealed through the reunion of master and disciple. It remains to be seen if more cases like Kim Jeong-hwan, Go Mo-yeol, and Boateng will appear in the remaining transfer market.

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