Pohang Steelers’ ‘captain’ has changed in the 2023 season. ‘Line Breaker’ Kim Seung-dae (32) wore the captain’s armband. Kim Seung-dae said, “I’ve been vice-captain twice in 2018 and 2019, but this is the first time I’ve been captain. I’ll do my best to serve as a link so that there is no hesitation in communication between the coach and the players.” He continued, “Now that he has become the captain, he should buy more food for his juniors.”
Pohang coach Ki-dong Kim said, “I appointed Kim Seung-dae, who was born in Pohang youth and is now growing mature as a veteran, as the captain. Ha Chang-rae, who is relatively young and easy to approach, believes that as vice-captain, he will take good care of the squad. The captain and vice-captain I look forward to creating a cohesive team by integrating all players into one, not only on the pitch, but also on the training ground and in life.”
In fact, the change of captain was unexpected. Shin Jin-ho (35), who was captain last year, did not participate in the winter field training in Vietnam, which he left on the 9th. During the off-season, salary negotiations with the club did not go well. Although he is already receiving the best treatment from the club and is expected to receive a fixed salary for the 2023 season, he expected a reasonable reward for his performance, which was a “career high” last season. The club also showed a flexible stance in this regard. Respecting the importance of Shin Jin-ho, the ‘key midfielder’ in the team, and the player’s opinion, he broke the restrictions set by the club implicitly and proposed a multi-year contract extension.
Coach Kim sensed a strange current between Shin Jin-ho and the club ahead of the recent domestic convocation and started mediation. However, the two sides could not reach an agreement. In the end, Shin Jin-ho is looking for another team with one year remaining on his contract. A club official hinted, “There is no progress yet.” 안전놀이터
Shin Jin-ho’s variable is a huge variable for coach Kim, who has to play both the K-League and the Asian Champions League. If Shin Jin-ho transfers, he will lose the best playmaker in the K-League. With Lee Soo-bin also moving to Jeonbuk, coach Kim has to find a replacement for Shin Jin-ho during the Thailand field training. Lee Seung-mo can be chosen as a partner for newly recruited Brazilian defensive midfielder Oberdan. You can also consider temporarily changing the position of right side fullback Shin Kwang-hun or Park Seung-wook. Here, Kim Jun-ho can also be an alternative. However, like Shin Jin-ho, we need to find the best alternative with the ability to release attacks. Coach Kim was in trouble before even opening the lid for the 2023 season.