6 players from PSG-excluding Lee Kang-in

Newcomers with high market lags are drawing attention in the French League 1, where Lee Kang-in is playing.

Transfer Markt, a European football transfer media outlet, selected and introduced the best 11 players among U-23 players who play in the French League 1 on the 21st. Lee Kang-in’s team, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), had six players listed in the best 11. Lee Kang-in, born in 2001, was not included in the best 11.

Barcola (PSG), Hamus (PSG), and Cherki (Lyon) have been selected as the best 11 strikers of the French Ligue 1. Thurang (Nice), Ugarte (PSG), and Emery (PSG) have been listed as midfielders. Mendes (PSG), Veraldo (PSG), Yoro (Lil), and Van der Son (Monaco) have built up defense and Chevalier (Lil) has been selected as the goalkeeper.

The total market value of the players selected in the Best 11 amounted to 432 million U.S. Among the Best 11, PSG’s Ugarte, Emery, and Mendes both had the highest market value of 60 million euros. Lee Kang-in, who was not included in the Best 11, had a market value of 22 million euros.

Ugarte, who PSG recruited ahead of this season, has been playing a steady role as a defensive midfielder. Emery, 18, has been a key player in the Ligue 1 championship since making his debut in the French Ligue 1 with PSG last season and even made his A-match debut with the French national team last year, displaying his potential.

Lee Kang-in, who is playing as one of the main midfielders at PSG this season, started in the 26th round of the French League 1 in the 2023-24 season against Montpellier on the 18th and scored his fourth goal of the season. Lee Kang-in shook the net with a left-footed shot from the front of the penalty area following a 2-1 pass against Moani in the 8th minute of the second half.

Lee Kang-in was selected as the best 11 in the 26th round of this season, announced by the French League 1 secretariat, along with his strong performance against Montpellier. Lee Kang-in was listed in the best 11 along with Mbappe, who scored a hat trick against Montpellier, and Vitinha, who scored one goal and two assists.

Immediately after scoring against Montpellier, Lee Kang-in ran to Mbappe and hugged him and shared his joy. After his landslide victory against Montpellier, Mbappe showed his affection on his SNS, mentioning that he was “Hijo” along with a scene where he smiled and hugged Lee Kang-in.

“It’s normal for a player at this level,” PSG coach Luis Enrique said of the score against Montpellier between Lee Kang-in and Vitiña. Mbappe has been scoring goals outside the penalty area since birth. It’s almost the same for Lee Kang-in and Vitiña. We need to motivate players to keep trying and think that they can help the team in this way. This score was truly fantastic.”

French media Le10 Sport said, “In the match against Montpellier, PSG scored one goal after another through mid-range shots by Mbappe and Lee Kang-in.” PSG scored three goals outside the penalty area in the match against Montpellier and 14 goals outside the penalty area this season alone. PSG is the club with the most goals scored outside the penalty area in the five major European leagues. It is far ahead of Manchester City, which scored 10 goals outside the penalty area, and Leipzig, which scored nine goals.”


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