Park Jae-yong (23, Jeonbuk Hyundai) is the new star of Jeonbuk.
Park started the K League 1 25th round match against Incheon United at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on April 6, scoring the opening goal in the 14th minute and leading Jeonbuk to a 2-0 victory with a solid performance. Park received a ground ball from Han Kyowon inside the penalty box, controlled it accurately, and then rattled the net with a fast-paced right-footed shot. With the goal, Jeonbuk cruised to their ninth straight home win.
The game marked the debut of Park Jae-yong for Jeonbuk and the K League One. After joining Jeonbuk from FC Anyang in the summer transfer window, Park made an immediate impact on his debut and celebrated in front of the Jeonju home fans.
Park is a striker who was brought in to fill the void left by Cho Kyu-sung’s departure to Denmark. Like Cho, he is a 6-foot-3 striker with a number of strengths, including post play, delivery, and link-up play. He shares a lot of similarities with Cho, including being a product of the Anyang youth team and having good looks.
However, there were question marks surrounding Park, as he had no first-team experience and was still a bit of an unknown despite being good enough to make the Asian Games squad. Park overcame the concerns and proved his potential by scoring an early goal. Veteran defender Hong Jung-ho said, “I didn’t really know Jae-yong, but I was surprised when I trained with him and watched him play against PSG. He’s much better than I thought. He has good strength, good delivery, and good link-up. I think he has the qualities to become a player like Cho Kyu-sung. The players and staff are happy with him. I think foreign players will be stimulated by him,” Park praised Jae-yong.
Jeonbuk has a lot to worry about on the front line with the departure of Cho Kyu-sung. Without the disruptive power of foreign players, Cho’s absence will be felt in a big way. Gustavo has scored just two goals in 21 games, while Hapa Silva has three goals in 20 games. This is why Hong Jung-ho talked about the need for foreign players.
For Park Jae-yong, the pressure is on. Cho Kyu-sung emerged as a national star at last year’s World Cup in Qatar and has been a regular striker for the national team. For Park, who is only in his second year, the pressure is palpable. “Of course there is pressure,” he said, “but I think it’s my goal. When he heard that I was coming to Jeonbuk, he contacted me first. I was grateful. He told me a lot of good things, saying that I could do well. I have a long way to go to catch up with him. I’d say it’s a work in progress. I’m not even close.” He said.
Still, he has to overcome. 꽁머니지급 As long as he wears Jeonbuk’s No. 10, Park Jae-yong will have to fulfill the task entrusted to him. “I’ve only played my first game. I like my teammates, so I think I can be more helpful to the team if I do a little better,” he said, adding, “I think I can be eliminated if I don’t focus a little bit.” He vowed to grow into a player worthy of Jeonbuk.