Despite the team’s disastrous defeat, the value of Lee Kang-in (22) stood out. It made me feel why the Mallorca club wanted to keep him.
Lee Kang-in showed off his fierce toes in his first actual match after being engulfed in rumors of a feud with the Mallorca club. He started as a left midfielder in the 2022-2023 season Spain La Liga round 19 Cadiz and away match held at Ramon de Carranza Stadium in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain on the 28th (Korean time), replacing Angel Rodriguez in the 28th minute of the second half. ran until
His appearance alone drew attention from domestic and local media. Lee Kang-in, who has grown into a key midfielder for Mallorca this season, played a big role in the Qatar World Cup at the end of last year and received a love call from another team in the winter transfer market in January. However, the Mallorca club made a ‘declaration of non-transfer’ saying that they could not hand over Lee Kang-in unless the buyout amount (estimated to be 30 million euros) was paid. According to Spanish media such as ‘Marca’, La Liga powerhouse Atletico Madrid and English Premier League (EPL) Brighton were interested, but the Mallorca club did not sit at the negotiating table. Lee Kang-in, as if disappointed with this attitude, canceled the club’s Instagram follow, sparking controversy over the conflict. There was even a report that Mallorca captain Antonio Rayo asked Lee Kang-in for a ‘calm mind’. 메이저놀이터
Did you make up your own mind? Lee Kang-in, who accompanied the Cadiz expedition, played professionally. Mallorca struggled throughout the 90 minutes with Cadiz’s tight defense and tough pressure as they battled to escape the relegation zone. In the 10th minute of the first half, Theo Vongonda and in the 38th minute of the first half, Alex Fernandez (PK score) scored consecutive goals and lost 0-2. Despite the poor performance of the team, Lee Kang-in was different. In the 3rd minute of the second half, he pulled out an opponent’s foul with elaborate pressure off the left flank. In the 27th minute of the second half, he overcame the defensive check with a fantastic release from the left side of the midfield, and passed an accurate penetration pass to Tino Carderware, who dug into the space behind the defense. Cardaware dug into the left side of the penalty box and attempted a right-footed shot, but it did not lead to Lee Kang-in’s attack point due to lack of power.
Lee Kang-in recorded 2 key passes with an 86.7% pass success rate that day. According to Whoscored.com, a football statistics media, Mallorca’s attack distribution reached 42% of Lee Kang-in’s left flank. Even if you look at the average player’s individual position, Lee Kang-in played at a higher place than the one-top Bedat Muriki. He didn’t get a chance to score because he didn’t receive support fire from his teammates. However, I was able to look into the charm of Lee Kang-in, such as creative passing and fighting spirit.