From Unknown to ‘Bronze Ball’ Prospect… Will Lee Seung-won Make His K League 1 Debut?

The biggest surprise star to emerge from the tournament was “Captain” Lee Seung-won (Gangwon FC).

After a stellar performance at the FIFA U-20 메이저사이트 World Cup, where he scored three goals and provided four assists for seven offensive points, Lee was awarded the Bronze Ball, the tournament’s third most valuable player (MVP) award.

The Bronze Ball is an individual award given to the third-best performer from all participating nations at the tournament, behind the Golden Ball for tournament MVP and the Silver Ball for second place. The Golden Ball was won by Cesare Cassaday of Italy, while the Silver Ball went to Alan Maturo of Uruguay.

Lee Seung-won captained the team at the tournament and contributed to Korea’s fourth-place finish. He recorded four assists from sharp free kicks and corner kicks, two penalty kicks, and one field goal. She had the most offensive points on the team.

That’s more than Lee Kang-in (2 goals, 4 assists), who won the Golden Ball four years ago after leading the team to a runner-up finish at the tournament in Poland. His excellent kicking ability made him a force to be reckoned with on set pieces. In addition, he energized the midfield with his diligent, conscientious movement and clever play.

Before the tournament, Lee was an unknown quantity. He was an “in-the-know” player among the officials. At the Asian Cup in March, Lee established himself as an integral part of the team. In the semifinals without him, Kim Eun-Joong-ho’s performance dropped significantly. For a player so important to the team, he was a nobody to those not familiar with the U-20 national team.

Furthermore, Lee has yet to make his professional debut for his club, Gangwon. Gangwon currently sits in 11th place in the league and is facing relegation. Lee could be a new weapon in their rebound. Choi Yong-soo, the head coach of Gangwon, is also positive about Lee’s performance.

“I haven’t had much time to train with him, but I’ve seen his strengths. I think he will be a new attacking option for Gangwon. He has good football sense and creativity in dangerous areas. He can make unexpected passes. He has 12 kilometers of activity, so I think he’ll be fine with a partner to support him,” he said, adding that he hopes to utilize Lee as a key force in the team when he returns.

Once he returns to his club and gets some rest, Lee will likely get a chance to make his K League 1 debut. He has the skills to be a strong addition to the under-22 card, so it’s likely that we’ll see him in the professional ranks after the A-Match break.

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