After Paris Saint-Germain allowed Lee Kang-inn to leave the team for the Asian Games, French media outlets expressed concerns about his participation.
“Lee Kang-in will be absent from PSG for a while due to the Asian Games,” French media outlet Footsur7 reported on Friday (June 15). It is unclear if this departure will help him.”
Lee Kang-in was confirmed to be sent to the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Friday. The Korea Football Association (KFA) said on Friday, “After discussions with Lee Kang-in’s club Paris Saint-Germain, it was finally agreed on the night of the 14th (Korean time) that Lee Kang-in will join the Asian Games team after PSG’s UEFA Champions League home match against Dortmund on the 19th (French time). Accordingly, Lee will travel to Hangzhou, China, to join the Asian Games team on Sept. 20,” the KFA said in an official statement.
“The KFA received an email from PSG on the 13th to allow the player to join the Asian Games, subject to rescheduling the Asian Cup, and consulted with the club until late at night on the 14th, and finally received an official response from PSG on the 14th to allow the player to join the Asian Games squad on the 20th without any other preconditions,” he said, explaining why the decision took so long.
Lee has been out since the last match against Toulouse due to injury, but recently returned to training with the team. Lee had previously suffered an injury in the preseason, which was met with some concern, but he recovered faster than expected. The club welcomed him back and even released a video on their official social media accounts. However, Lee will not be available for PSG’s upcoming matches against Nice on Nov. 16 and Dortmund on Nov. 20.
While it’s unfortunate that Lee was sent off after the first leg, it’s a good thing for Hwang that he can consider using Lee in the second leg. Previously, Hwang had shown a strong commitment to Lee Kang-in and had already said at the time of the final roster announcement that he was thinking about how to utilize Lee Kang-in.
Hwang’s team will play their first group game against Middle Eastern powerhouse Kuwait at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Jinhua Stadium in China, followed by their second group game against Southeast Asia’s Thailand on Nov. 21 at the same time. On the 24th, they will play their final game against Bahrain in the Middle East at the same time. Lee’s arrival will be a big boost for the team as they attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal, following the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
However, unlike the South Korean national team, which has been lifted by Lee’s arrival, there are some concerns about the competition for the starting role at PSG.
‘Footsur7’ said, “Lee Kang-in is a big risk for PSG. He hasn’t proven himself at PSG yet, and he’s still a long way from showing what he’s good at. He envisions himself fighting for his place in Luis Enrique’s group, but he’s preparing to miss a few more games with the South Korean national team at the Asian Games,” he said, noting that Lee hasn’t yet shown the quality to compete for a starting spot.
“The issue that will come up for him is the consolidation of the PSG best 11. Obviously, he will have less time than others to convince Enrique to have confidence in him. It’s a big risk for him to leave the team for even two weeks when there are so many talented players fighting for a place in the squad,” he said, adding that the Asian Games could have a detrimental effect on the competition for places.
Indeed, PSG currently has Manuel Ugarte and Weren Zaire-Emericka locked down in the midfield, with Vitinha, Lee Kang-In, Fabian Luis, and Marco Asensio competing for the remaining spots. Even if Asensio is dropped as a central attacking option, there are still three players competing for the same spot, and it would be a huge risk if Lee Kang-in were to lose his place by missing the early games of the league and Champions League, as Footsur7 notes.
Winning a gold medal at the Asian Games is also very important for Lee. Winning a gold medal at the Asian Games is important to Lee because it will allow him to be exempted from military service under the Korean Military Service Act, which requires athletes to undergo only basic military training. Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae, who won gold at the last Games, also received military service benefits and have since continued their European careers with military training.
However, regardless of the outcome of the Asian Games, if he loses out in the competition for a starting spot at PSG, his playing time at the club could be significantly reduced. With PSG needing results in both the league and the Champions League, it’s difficult to give bench players a lot of playing time, and in the worst case scenario, he could miss out on both the Asian Games gold medal and the chance to compete for a starting spot.
Of course, despite the media’s concerns, the competition for spots is not in immediate jeopardy. It’s hard to argue that Vitinha and Lewis have been anything but outstanding. Neither player can be expected to be an established starter in the same way as Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, or Ugarte.
Enrique also spoke about Lee during his previous visit, saying, “I think he’s a very complete player, he’s very disciplined and he’s very physical. He’s a pleasure to watch and I think he can play well in all areas of the pitch, whether in the center or on the flanks. I’m very happy with him,” he said, so there’s a good chance he’ll start Lee despite his early-season absence.
One situation that can be compared to Lee Kang-in’s Asian Games withdrawal is Son Heung-min’s situation before the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
In 2014, Son was in his second season with Bayer Leverkusen. The Asian Games team, led by coach Lee Kwang-jong, wanted to include Son, a starter for the Bundesliga’s top team, and asked Leverkusen for a loan.
However, unlike PSG, Leverkusen refused to send Son Heung-min. “Son is an important player for Leverkusen. With the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League coming up, we cannot send him due to the strength of the team,” Leverkusen told the KFA.
The Asian Games are not a FIFA-organized event and therefore not a mandatory call-up, and Leverkusen’s decision not to call up Son despite the KFA and Son’s pleas for cooperation meant that he remained with the team. Leverkusen were reportedly under pressure to release their star striker because they had important matches to play, including the league and UEFA Champions League playoffs. At the time, the association even requested a post-playoff spot in the round of 16, but was denied.
It was a huge disappointment that Son didn’t get the benefit of military service exemption as South Korea went on to win the Asian Games in Incheon.카지노사이트
However, it was a breakthrough year for Son. Despite his ups and downs in the league in 2014/15, Son was named to the Champions League Group Stage Team of the Week in the second and fourth rounds, and Leverkusen advanced to the round of 16 on the back of his performances. He continued to score in the league as well.
In 28 league starts and seven Champions League starts that season, Son scored 17 goals and provided three assists in all competitions. Based on his performance in the 2014/15 season, Son moved to Tottenham Hotspur the following season and has been with the club ever since, cementing his place in Spurs’ history as a captain and ace.
While it’s a huge advantage for a player to be exempted from military service for the Asian Games, it also means that he has a limited amount of time to settle into the team and secure a spot in the starting lineup, so it will be interesting to see what this means for his PSG career.
While Lee’s departure has drawn a lot of attention to the Asian Games squad, it will be interesting to see how they fare at the tournament and how Lee will fare afterward.