It will be interesting to see if Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korean team will have a starting center back line of Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) and Jung Seung-hyun (Ulsan Hyundai). The key will be for Jung Seung-hyun to perform well.
Klinsmann’s team won a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in an exhibition match in Newcastle, England, at 1:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 13, thanks to a goal from Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan). It was Klinsmann’s first win in six games since taking over.
It was the first win in a long time, but it was disappointing. In addition to the frustration of having only Son Heung-min (Tottenham) in the attack, the tightness that we saw at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is nowhere to be seen.
The same goes for defensive anxiety. South Korea has the world-class Kim Min-jae, a “30 Ballon d’Or candidate,” but they need at least two central defenders. They have yet to find the perfect pairing for Kim Min-jae.
Until March, he was partnered by Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai), with whom he had good chemistry at the World Cup, but he switched to Jung Seung-hyun in June against Peru when Kim was ruled out due to injury.
Jung Seung-hyun played two games in June with Park Ji-soo (Wuhan), who filled the void left by Kim Min-jae’s injury, and started both games in September. This shows that he is the most trusted by Klinsmann among the central defenders other than Kim Min-jae.
However, apart from the manager’s trust, his performance has been a bit disappointing. Jeong Seung-hyun carried his uneasiness, which was far from a stable defense, to the national team even before the September A match call-up.
Especially in the match against Saudi Arabia, the defense was often in danger. In the seventh minute of the first half, goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu (Al Shabab) came out of his goal to deal with a ball that crossed into the Korean zone, but Jung Seung-hyun misjudged it and almost gave up a goal.
In the middle of the game, the Koreans also tried to pass too much and gave up the initiative to their opponents. In the 43rd minute, he almost gave away an own goal when he failed to control a cross in the box.
It was a September A match that had many moments of brilliance, but also many moments of anxiety for Jung Seung-hyun’s unconventional defense.
Kim Young-kwon was born in 1990. He’ll be in his mid-30s by the time the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America rolls around, and if he continues to perform well, he could still be Kim Min-jae’s partner beyond the roster.
However, realistic factors suggest that the 1994-born Jung Seung-hyun is more likely to get the chance. However, unless he improves, he’s not guaranteed a starting spot if he continues his current inconsistency.
The South Korean national team has younger and more capable options, including 2000-born Kim Joo-sung (FC Seoul) and 2004-born Kim Ji-soo (Brentford).카지노사이트
Klinsmann’s next A-match will be back in October. Jung Seung-hyun will need to be back to full fitness by then to be a stronger presence as Kim Min-jae’s partner.