Farming foreign players will be more important in the future. This season’s results show that.
Starting in 2025, K League 1 will abolish the Asian quota and allow teams to have six foreign players. For now, teams can have up to four, but it’s likely that this limit will be removed in the coming years.
Domestic players are becoming increasingly scarce. Good players can easily go abroad, and many do. As the number of teams increases to 25, players’ salaries skyrocket. The logic of the market is contrary to what the KFA is trying to do with salary disclosure and fiscal consolidation policies. After all, it is more efficient to bring in foreign players well than to bring in domestic players for big money. This means that a team that farms foreigners well can save money and perform well.월카지노
Just look at this year. The Pohang Steelers, who finished second this season, have one of the lowest player salaries in the league, yet they still managed to compete with Ulsan Hyundai for the title. This was thanks to a stellar performance from the four foreigners they had – Zeca, Oberdan, Wandelsson, and Grant – who all finished in the best 11 of the season. It was a 100% hit rate without a single miss. This is a great example of how successful foreign signings can lead to success.
The champions Ulsan are another example of a team that made good use of foreigners. Bacco, Martin Adam, Rubikson, Ataru, and others have all done their part. It’s unfortunate that Boyanic’s presence has been relatively muted, but it’s worth noting that there have been no clear-cut failures.
Gwangju FC, the team with the most upsets this season, also has a strong squad thanks to Lee Jung-hyo’s ‘eye for detail’. Asani, Thomas, Becca, Timo, Aaron, and others have all hit “flat” shots. They don’t have a best-11 player, but considering Gwangju didn’t spend a lot of money, it’s safe to give them a pass.
Incheon United, who reached Final A, were also successful. Hernandez, Mpoku, Jerso, Mugosa, and Delbridge were all solid in their respective spots. Jerso made the best 11. The strategy of bringing in homegrown ‘proven foreigners’ paid off.
Daejeon, who didn’t make it to Final A, utilized Thiago, Anton, and Massa as their main resources. While it was unfortunate that Leandro’s contributions dropped off and mid-season addition Gutek was sidelined prematurely with an injury, the overall farming was solid. The signing of Thiago, proven in the second division, was a good one, and ‘new face’ Anton has settled into the league well.
On the other hand, Jeonbuk Hyundai, which has to compete with Ulsan for the title, has a poor scouting record. In particular, two of the most important signings for Jeonbuk, Hapa Silva and Andre Luis, became a headache for the team early on. After just one season, they became must-have players. Mid-season acquisition Petrasek, a defender, played seven games in the second half of the season before fading into obscurity at the end of the campaign. Boateng was the only player who paid for himself, but it’s hard to see him as a very successful signing. Unlike in the past, Jeonbuk was not in a position to recruit international players, so they should have focused more on foreign signings, but they missed this crucial point and ended up with a humiliating fourth place finish in the league.
Suwon Samsung, who were directly relegated, were equally bad at scouting. The team has been unsuccessful in signing foreign players for several years now, and their inability to improve this weakness is one of the reasons for their relegation. Above all, it was a problem that the coach repeatedly brought in foreigners who did not fit the direction he wanted. Mulicic and Werikpopo, who were brought in, did not contribute much. Kazuki, who was brought in through the Asia Quarter, was the only successful signing.
FC Seoul is another team whose success is hard to judge. Palocevic, Willian, Osmar, and others have made significant contributions, but Ilyuchenko’s one goal makes him an ambiguous player. Bjorn Johnson and Aiesh have been invisible to the point where it’s hard to know why they were brought in.
Heading into the relegation playoffs, Gangwon FC and Suwon FC also had less than stellar performances from their foreigners, especially in the case of Gangwon, where Gabriel was a revelation in the playoffs, but Yago Wellington and others were less of a presence.
Jeju United, which utilized only three foreigners, the fewest in the league, got a decent performance from Yuri Jonatan, the highly touted replacement for In-Joo Gyu, with 10 goals and four assists. Hayes did his part with eight goals and five assists. However, the team’s pursuit of a smaller squad with fewer foreigners, with Ling only making 11 appearances, has led to some disappointment.