In his first article for Asian Football Feast, Seungmin Lee looks at the missing link for Korea Republic - a proven goal scorer.
|Park Chu-young was ruled out of the Asian Cup|
It was just before the Asian Cup started when
’s star striker Park Chu-young got injured. All the Korean national press was worrying about who can replace him. Korea
Bahrain 2-1 and drawing with Australia 1-all are positive results for , there was something that was missing. Korea Republic
Given their dominance in those games, the scorelines should have been better. All of their three goals have come from just one player - Jeju United midfielder Koo
Cho Gwang-rae, the gaffer, is well known for his Arsenal-ish pass and move style football.
One of the tactic’s mechanisms is while forwards are distracting defenders and creating spaces behind the defensive line, midfielders are penetrating into the spaces and putting the ball into the net. Arsene Wenger had decent strikers who could put the ball in the net - Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor and Eduardo Da Silva were the players who had played the role.
, Cho couldn’t find any player better than Park Chu-young. Korea
Currently, Ji Dong-won holds that place and has put in good performances so far, but without scoring goals. As was mentioned above,
under Cho Gwang-rae, does not play the style of Football that provides great opportunities for strikers to score. Korea Republic
But, at the same time, it doesn’t mean that Ji hasn’t had his chances. There were some chances and he blew up when he had to shoot fast.
Yoo Byoung-soo, the top scorer of K-League, has proved he is not that prolific when playing in Cho’s strategy. He came on late against
, but was not that threatening while Koo scored again. Australia
It was a disappointing performance for any 22-goal-a-season player, even though it was the first action he had seen so far in the tournament.
Together with this, they haven’t scored any goal from set-pieces. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup,
progressed to the last 16 thanks to goals from set-pieces, but this time around they haven’t scored any. Korea Republic
There are still players in the side who contributed Korea’s WC Campaign, like Ki Sung-yueng and Lee Jeong-soo, why aren’t they able to get on the scoresheet like before?
India, a huge win is expected but nobody knows how many goals can score. Korea Republic India scored two goals against , proving they are capable of minimizing the goal difference. Bahrain
Australia wins against Bahrain, Korea will need to score plenty of goals to qualify top of Group C and play the second placed team of Group D, avoiding one of the toughest opponent in this competition - . Iran
Scoring goals, the ‘missing link’ for
, is decisive in the quest to bring the trophy back to the Korean peninsula. Korea Republic