Expectations high on Lee’s upcoming 2020-21 season.
Valencia’s South Korean international Lee Kang-in, right, celebrates with his teammate after scoring the team’s first goal versus FC Cartagena at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Sunday./ Thanks To Valencia CF.
By Jhoo Dong-chan.
Lee Kang-in, Valencia’s South Korean young gun, received a great deal of attention after boasting of his football skill in a series of recent preseason matches.
Lee doubled in a preseason match versus FC Cartagena at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Sunday, leading his team’s 3-1 success versus the Segunda Department club.
In the 68th minute, Lee caught the opposition goalkeeper’s clearance mistake to score an equalizer. The 19-year-old midfielder kept the pressure up versus FC Cartagena’s defenders whenever they had the ball throughout the video game.
Lee likewise hammered home Valencia’s winning objective from close quarters in the 80th minute.
Lee was subbed out in the 86th minute.
” I think Lee is going to clinch more opportunities in the upcoming season,” football columnist Park Moon-sung stated. “I truly feel excellent about Lee. He will enjoy an actually great season.”.
Spanish experts concurred.
” Lee is a gifted gamer,” said previous Spanish international and Valencia CF legend Gaizka Mendieta. “He will make a distinction in Valencia in the upcoming season.”.
Valencia CF head coach Javi Gracia likewise played Lee in all 4 of the group’s preseason matches.
” Gracia likewise assigned Lee as the team’s attacking midfielder in the preseason matches. This is where Lee can make a difference,” football analyst Hwang Duk-yeon said.
” Secret gamers have actually also left the group. Valencia has no alternative but to play Lee in the starting lineup next season.”.
Last month, Valencia traded Spanish global and Valencia captain Dani Parejo to local competing Villarreal CF. Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin was also sent to Villarreal together with Parejo.
Valencia’s other young gun Ferran Torres likewise left the team for the Premier League’s Manchester City.
Last year, Lee led the South Korean U-20 worldwide team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup last. He won the Golden Ball in the competition.
Lee was likewise named the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Young Footballer of the Year.