Leaving Neymar and joining Mbappe…Will Lee Kang-in’s role change
Lee Kang-in started as a right-side striker and played 82 minutes in the 2023-24 League 1 opening match against Lorien in Paris, France, on the 13th (Korea Standard Time). The team finished the game with a rather disappointing 0-0 draw
On this day, Lee Kang-in took the front-line three-top with Marco Asensio and Gonzalo Ramos in the 4-3-3 formation. Vitina, Manuel Ugarte, and Warren Zaire Emery stood in the second line. Both Mbappe and Neymar, who had been noisy over the transfer, had been excluded from the list.
At that time, Neymar said, “I never asked the club for a transfer.” “All rumors of a transfer are fake news,” he claimed, adding strength to his stay. On the other hand, Mbappe, who publicly criticized, saying, “PSG is a divided team,” was confirmed to transfer, with all of them removed from the club’s promotional materials.
Therefore, PSG in the new season is widely expected to be a team that only Neymar joined in the opening squad.
However, with the second round ahead, the atmosphere has completely changed. Neymar has moved to Al-Hilal, and Mbappe has joined first-team training and is set to play.
As the situation of the two stars representing PSG has been reversed, Lee Kang-in’s role is likely to be different from the opening game.
Lee Kang-in, who took charge of both wings alternately in the match against Lorien, moved from the side to the center and attempted to break through and shoot. He often produced flashy scenes with his unique de-pressure and personal ability, but as a result, he failed to solve the team’s scoreless score by showing insufficient performance in the finish. 스포츠토토
If Mbappe, who was PSG’s leading goal scorer, returns, Mbappe and Hamus are likely to stand together as two tops, or Hamus on the one-top and Mbappe will step up to the right side.
On top of that, Usman Dembele, a “side professional resource” who played for Barcelona, has newly joined and is waiting for his departure.
Therefore, Lee Kang-in can come down one step from the front line and be placed as a right midfielder or an attacking midfielder under the two-top.
Lee Kang-in, who can do both sides and center, is Lee Kang-in, who has a better pass than a direct finish, so his capabilities are likely to shine more if he leaves the score to his teammate and supports it from behind.
In addition, the addition of Mbappe, who has good behind-the-scenes penetration and decision-making power, can be a new partner that will completely compensate for Lee Kang-in’s disappointment in the opening game.
However, while Lee Kang-in trained with Neymar and shared deep friendship, the variable is that he has never worked with Mbappe, who had been away from the team throughout the pre-season due to conflicts with the club.
PSG will try again for its first win in the second round of the 2023-24 League 1 against Toulouse at 4 a.m. on the 20th. Attention is focusing on what role Lee Kang-in, who has a new partner, will play.