Jeju lost 1-2 against the Pohang Steelers on the 6th, ending its unbeaten streak in eight games (6 wins and 2 draws). Jeju’s strength lies in its side. Based on a solid three-back, side defenders actively participate in the attack and fight for numbers while creating opportunities to attack.
However, both side defenders Ahn Hyun-beom and Lee Ju-yong were absent in the match against Pohang. Ahn Hyun-beom is a rotation for relaxation. Lee Ju-yong also did not accompany him on the Pohang expedition to manage his condition due to a minor injury in the match against Gangwon FC. Coach Nam Ki-il assigned midfielder Lee Ki-hyuk as a left-side defender. Lee’s main position is the central midfielder. It is a resource with excellent kick power and attack talent. Ahn Hyun-beom’s absence was filled by Ahn Tae-hyun. After Lee Ki-hyuk was replaced in the 25th minute of the second half, he switched to a four-back and used Jung-woon, who was watching the central defense, as a left side defender.
Overall, the defense was not bad, but the gap between the two was felt in the attack. In particular, Ahn Hyun-beom’s right side is Jeju’s clear offensive route this season. Ahn Hyun-beom has shown so-called “hit and run” with speed and breakthrough. When he was absent, who was also good at penetrating the backspace of the opponent’s defense, the right attack was disappointing. Lee Ju-yong was also a side resource with excellent participation in the attack, so it was not enough for Lee Ki-hyuk to completely replace it.
Ahn Hyun-beom and Lee Ju-yong are the 안전놀이터 main side defenders of Jeju this season. As it is a position with a lot of activity, physical management of the two is necessary. Moreover, Lee Ju-yong has played the most games in the past three seasons due to injuries. It is a resource that needs proper management to play the entire season.
In addition, Jeon Sung-jin, who was born in 2001 as a U-22 resource, has yet to return after leaving the opening game due to an injury. Coach Nam also entrusted side defender Kim Seung-seop. If Kim Oh-kyu, who missed the day due to accumulated warnings, returns, leaving the left side to Jung-woon as at the end of the second half of the match against Pohang could be an alternative.
Jeju will meet Ulsan Hyundai on the 10th. Ahn Hyun-beom, who took a break, will accompany him on his away trip to Ulsan. In the case of Lee Ju-yong, he is expected to decide whether to accompany him after checking his physical condition. In the full-fledged summer season, Jeju’s side depth can be the biggest concern.