“I’m humbled after the Atletico game…I want to go to Europe, but I’m not in a hurry” Bae Joon-ho’s mindset.
Not excited, not worried. Bae Jun-ho (20-Daejeon Hana Citizen) is calm and focused on his job.
Daejeon’s “supernova” Bae Jun-ho 토토사이트 came off the bench to score his team’s third goal in a 4-3 win over FC Seoul in the 26th round of the K League 1 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on March 13.
Bae rattled the net with a calm finish in the 41st minute after exchanging a two-on-one pass with Yoo Kang-hyun inside the penalty box. Born in 2003, it’s hard to believe he’s only 20 years old as he calmly beat the opposing defense. It was his second goal in the first division.
Throughout the match, Bae Jun-ho led the Daejeon offense with his relaxed ball trapping and keeping, as well as his precise link-up play. Despite playing less than 40 minutes, including extra time, he made an impact.
“We were desperate to win,” Bae said after the game. I’m very happy to score a goal and win. “I thought I had to play more because we went into the second half. I tried to work hard on defense first. I think my immersion in the game was good. I scored a goal in the last match against Daegu FC, but my brothers told me to score a proper goal. This time, I scored a goal through my play, so it’s even better. Kang Hyun-yi connected me with a very good pass. Thanks to him, I scored a goal,” he said.
Bae became a rising star at the U-20 World Cup. Not only has his popularity and recognition in Korea increased, but scouts from all over Europe have also been inquiring about him. Now, there is a lot of interest in him in this summer’s transfer market. The size of the transfer fee and his availability will determine if and when he moves, but it’s clear that his name is on the radar of major European clubs.
“I still want to play in Europe,” he said, “but I’m not going to rush it. Even if it’s not this summer, I think I’ll have a chance to go someday. I just have to do my best in my position,” he said quietly.
In July, Bae Jun-ho was selected for the Team K League and played against Atletico Madrid. At the time, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone made headlines when he named “No. 33” Bae Jun-ho as the most impressive player in the Team K League. “It was a humbling experience for me,” he said, “because there were so many famous players. There were so many famous players, and it was a one-sided game. I felt and learned a lot from watching from the sidelines. It made me realize that I’m really a nobody,” he said. He said this in the context of his desire to play in Europe, but also in the context of soberly grasping his current status.
That’s why he’s trying to be more grounded. Bae Jun-ho is growing into an indispensable player in Daejeon. Not only in terms of skill, but also in terms of presence. He is now one of the team’s most popular stars.
“When the fans cheer for me, I actually enjoy it now,” he says. Instead of feeling pressured, I feel more confident. “Now that I have scored the second goal, I want to score more goals and show my good form as a striker. I will show a play that does not remind me of being an under-22 player,” he said.