Lee Kang-in (22‧ Mallorca) achieved double-digit attack points (6 goals, 4 assists) for the first time since his professional debut. In the second half of the season, Lee Kang-in, who is receiving attention from leading clubs as he plays a big role in every game he participates in, is also on the rise.
Lee Kang-in led the team’s 1-1 draw by scoring the opening goal in the 32nd round of the Spanish Primera Liga in the 2022-23 season against Athletic Bilbao held at Estadi Mallorca Son Moix in Mallorca, Spain on the 2nd (Korean time).
Lee Kang-in, who was substituted in the second half of the match against Atlético Madrid and conserved his stamina, played as a starter again that day and played an active role until he was replaced by Antonio Sanchez in the 40th minute of the second half.
In the 13th minute of the second half, Lee Kang-in released his opponent’s pressure by dribbling from the left flank and developed his attack. Lee Kang-in, who quickly rushed into the opponent’s goal after that, scored the first goal by shooting a pass from Bedat Muriki with his left foot.
Lee Kang-in, who reported his 6th goal this season, recorded double-digit attack points, including 4 assists. Lee Kang-in is the first Korean player to record double-digit offensive points in a single season in the Primera Liga.
In addition to scoring, Lee Kang-in fully showed off his various attacking talents, such as breaking through 6 dribbles and making 5 crosses that day. In addition, he also recorded 7 ball recoveries (blocking passes or acquiring loose balls) and added strength in defense.
After the game, praise for Lee Kang-in continued. Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre praised him, saying, “Lee Kang-in is showing his best performance since I took over. He is proving his skills in every game.”
The Primera Liga Secretariat also posted a post with Lee Kang-in’s name engraved in Korean on the official social network service (SNS), saying, “The King of Korea is shining.” In addition, Spanish media Marca gave Lee Kang-in three stars, the highest rating in the game.
Lee Kang-in’s performance did not shine only on this day. In the meantime, Lee Kang-in’s accurate left-footed passes, kicks, and shootings, which are widely known as strengths, still pose a threat to the opponent’s defense.
In addition, he succeeded in dribbling 69 times in the Primera Liga this season, ranking third overall in this category. The first place is Real Madrid’s Vinicius (103 times), and the second place is Villarreal’s Samuel Chuqueze (74 times), both of them above Lee Kang-in are wingers.메이저놀이터
In recognition of this kind of performance, Lee Kang-in’s stock price continues to rise, such as being nominated for Primera Liga Midfielder of the Year this season.
Lee Kang-in, who is expected to leave Mallorca at the end of this season, is showing interest from Atlético Madrid, the powerhouse of the Primera Liga, and Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley, and Brighton of the English Premier League (EPL). Recently, even Son Heung-min’s Tottenham is being discussed.
As Lee Kang-in’s buyout (minimum allowable transfer amount) is known to be 17 million euros (approximately 25 billion won), the transfer fee is unlikely to rise. Instead, each team is expected to compete through individual negotiations, such as a high salary, to bring Lee Kang-in. Given Lee Kang-in’s current performance, the ransom is expected to continue to rise until the end of the season.