Bae Jun-ho (20) of Stoke City in the English Championship (Second Division) made his debut three days after advancing to the European stage. He was on the field for about 20 minutes, but it was enough time to receive favorable reviews from local media.토토사이트

Stoke lost 0-2 against Preston North End in the 5th round of the 2023-24 English Championship held at Bet365 Stadium on the 2nd (Korean time). Stoke attempted 18 shots based on their high possession, but only 1 shot was effective. On the other hand, Preston led the team to its fourth win with Will Keane scoring two goals, including a penalty kick (PK). With this loss, Stoke received a disappointing record of 2 wins and 3 losses in 5 games before the September international break.

Meanwhile, what caught attention that day was Bae Jun-ho’s debut match. Bae Jun-ho officially joined Stoke on the 31st of last month and began his career in Europe. At the time, he said through the club, “I always wanted to have the opportunity to play in England. “It is a dream come true,” he said. “This is just the beginning and I hope to have a long and successful career at Stoke. He said, “As he joins England, he will have to adapt both on and off the pitch, but I want to adapt as quickly as possible and contribute to the team.”

Stoke’s best 11 against Preston North End on the 2nd. Bae Jun-ho was named on the bench. Photo = Stoke SNS

The opportunity came three days later. Bae Jun-ho was replaced by Mehid Leris in the 26th minute of the second half when the team was down 0-2. Bae Jun-ho, who was placed as a second-line striker, showed off his confident dribbling and active movements, adding strength to the attack process. In particular, he showed off his presence by attempting a bold mid-range shot from outside the box just one minute after entering the game. He then showed off a variety of skills, including a 2-on-1 pass with a colleague and a cross in the box.

The English stage is famous for its rough physical fights, but Bae Jun-ho showed that he could overcome them. In the 34th minute of the second half, he attempted a cross after overcoming a struggle in the opponent’s box, and four minutes later, he continued the team’s attack by stealing the ball through a struggle during the opponent’s counterattack.

Although it was not possible to prevent the team from losing, the local media left a favorable review for Bae Jun-ho, who made his debut that day. Stoke Sentinel, which covers Stoke news, gave him a rating of 7 on the 3rd, saying, “It was a lively and inspiring cameo that showed skill, quick movement and thinking.” This score is tied for first place in the team. It can be said that Bae Jun-ho’s performance was paid attention to that much.

Bae Jun-ho officially joined Stoke on the 31st of last month. Photo = Stoke SNS

According to SofaScore, a soccer statistics media, Bae Jun-ho recorded 20 ball touches in 19 minutes on this day. He completed 9 out of 11 passes (82%) and drew 1 foul.

Bae Jun-ho, who finished his first game after entering England, will enter a period of adaptation through the A-match break in September. The next opponent is Norwich City. The ‘Korean derby’ with national team striker Hwang Ui-jo, who headed to Norwich at the end of the transfer window, is approaching.

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