This season’s K-League 1 has attracted great interest from the beginning of the season with the moves each club showed during the winter transfer market. In particular, the aggressive recruitment of ‘Yanggang’ Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan Hyundai were ‘scene stealers’ ahead of the opening. Naturally, interest in transfer students continues even after the opening. In particular, each club is repeating crying and laughing from the beginning of the season먹튀검증, such as their performance and team ranking being proportional.
Until the 8th round, the transfer students in the top teams operated with a new engine. Leading Ulsan, led by Rubikson (Sweden, 5 goals, 1 assist) and Joo Min-gyu (4 goals, 1 assist) led the way. The addition of Kim Min-hyeok (2 assists) and Cho Hyun-taek, a U-22 (under 22 years old) resource who returned from K-League 2 loan to Bucheon FC, are also contributing to strengthening the depth.
FC Seoul is also smiling as Im Sang-hyeop (1 goal, 1 assist) and Hwang Eui-jo (2 goals), who had concerns about aging, showed off their performance. The three defenders recruited from Seongnam FC, Lee Si-young, Park Soo-il, and Kwon Wan-kyu, are also very active.
Pohang Steelers eased their worries with the addition of Zeca (Brazil, 1 goal, 4 assists) and Baek Seong-dong (2 goals, 2 assists). Over the past two seasons, it was difficult enough to appoint midfielder Lee Seung-mo as a striker, but some of the firepower concerns were alleviated. The midfield duo Kim Jong-woo and Oberdan (Brazil) are also erasing the traces of their predecessors Shin Jin-ho (Incheon United) and Lee Soo-bin.
Daejeon Hana Citizen is causing a ‘promoted team blast’ by putting forward Tiago (Brazil, 4 goals, 2 assists), who ranked 2nd in the K-League 2 in scoring last season (19 goals). Thiago’s decisiveness and Anton’s (Azerbaijan)’s defensive power are the driving forces that sustain the match. Gwangju FC is also settling in the first division thanks to Asani (Albania, 4 goals) and Timo (Netherlands) holding the center of the offense.
However, Suwon FC has not been able to resolve the defensive anxiety for the third season even after recruiting a large number of veteran defenders. Jeonbuk’s team’s initial sluggishness coupled with the transfer students are helpless. Daegu FC, which is not enjoying the return effect of Edgar (Brazil, 1 goal, 1 assist), is also cramped. The performance of Incheon Shin Jin-ho, Jerso (Guinea-Bissau, 1 goal, 1 assist), and Mpoku (Belgium, 1 goal) also fell short of expectations.
Jeju United is having a difficult early season due to the sluggishness of Yuri Jonatan (Brazil, 2 goals, 2 assists) and Lim Chae-min’s injury gap. Gangwon FC’s scoreless streak of Dino (Sweden) is nothing short of savage. Suwon Samsung Kim Bo-gyeong (2 assists) and Akosti (Ghana, 2 goals) are doing their part, but the performance of the entire team is being overshadowed by repeated sluggishness.