Baek Seung-ho calls out PL winners’ manager

English media also reports on Championship transfers

“It’s a big loss for South Korean international Baek Seung-ho to play soccer in League 1 (3rd division)”

“Blackburn Rovers boss John Eustace is set to swoop on Birmingham City for midfielder Seung-Ho Baek,” British media outlet Inside Football reported on March 23 (KST).

Blackburn, who finished 19th out of 24 teams in the English Championship (Second Division) in the 2023-24 season, are eyeing Birmingham City’s key midfielder Seung-Ho Baek, who was relegated to the third tier League One in the summer transfer window.

Birmingham City, who signed Baek Seung-ho during the winter transfer window in January, finished the season in 22nd place and will spend next season in the third tier alongside 23rd-placed Huddersfield and 24th-placed Rotherham United. Blackburn (53 points) avoided relegation with three more points than Birmingham City (50). Blackburn won the Premier League title in the 1994-1995 season and were a dark horse in the Premier League in the early 2000s when Park Ji-Sung was playing.

Blackburn, who want to continue to compete in the Championship next season and hopefully push for promotion to the Premier League, are reportedly looking to sign Seung-Ho Paik this summer as part of their midfield reinforcements.

“Blackburn Rovers boss John Eustace is keen to revisit his old club Birmingham City in a bid to sign midfielder Seung-Ho Baek, according to reporter Alan Nixon,” the outlet explained.

The Englishman was in charge of Birmingham City until October last year, when he was sacked after the club wanted to appoint Wayne Rooney, and has since taken over at Blackburn. Ironically, while Eustace’s Blackburn managed to stay up, Rooney was sacked after just three months due to poor results and Birmingham were relegated to the third tier.

“Birmingham didn’t survive the Championship last season and will have to live in Ligue 1 at the start of the new campaign,” says the analyst. “They are expected to have a solid budget, but some of their players may not be enthusiastic about playing in the third tier.”

“Seung Ho Baek is likely to have the option to stay in the Championship with former Birmingham City manager Eustace,” he said, claiming that Eustace wants Seung Ho Baek.

“Eustace is keen to bring Baek Seung Ho to Blackburn and hopes that Baek Seung Ho will be interested in playing at Ewood Park (Blackburn’s home ground),” the report said, adding, “It is unclear if Baek Seung Ho will pursue a move away from Birmingham to Blackburn.”

The media was unsure if Baek Seung-ho wanted to move to Blackburn, but said, “It would be a big loss for the South Korean international, who also played in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League at the end of last year, to play soccer in Ligue 1,” adding that Baek’s talent was too valuable to remain at Birmingham.

The midfielder, born in 1997, left K League 1 side Jeonbuk Hyundai to join Birmingham before the winter transfer window closed on January 30, giving him another shot at Europe.

Baek Seung-ho joined the youth team of Barcelona, a prestigious Spanish club, in 2010. Barcelona showed their excitement for the player by signing him to a five-year contract. He grew up in Barcelona’s youth team alongside Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC), who is one year his junior, and showed clear talent in the 2014-15 season, when he was promoted to Barcelona’s B team.

There was also a crisis. In 2014, Baek’s future seemed to be in jeopardy after Barcelona was disciplined by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for violating FIFA’s rules on the signing of under-18 players when recruiting prospects from around the world, and FIFA banned the players, including Lee Seung-woo, from FIFA-organized matches.

Not being able to play official matches was a big blow for Baek Seung-ho. After spending a month with Barcelona B and obtaining permanent residency in Spain, Baek was able to play official matches, but he was unable to establish himself, so in 2017, he moved to Girona FC and began a new challenge.

After playing more than 30 games for Girona’s second team, CF Peralada, during the season, Baek was recognized for his ability and was called up to the first team the following year. He seemed to be settling in at Girona, but he chose to challenge himself 먹튀검증 once again with a move to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga.

His first season in Darmstadt went well. Seung-ho Baek showed good form between defensive and attacking midfield and was consistently given opportunities, playing nearly 30 games. However, in his second season, he struggled as he was pushed out of the starting lineup.

His next option was to return to Korea. He moved to Jeonbuk Hyundai, a club in the top tier of the K League, to play in the K League. Although he struggled for a starting role in Darmstadt, Baek has since established himself as one of the top midfielders in the K League. In 2021, he helped Jeonbuk win the K League 1 title, and in 2022, he helped the club win the FA Cup and finish runner-up in the league.

Last year, he even resolved the issue of military service. Initially, Baek Seung-ho was scheduled to enlist in the Gimcheon Sangmu in December after the 2023 season. Half a year before his enlistment, a golden opportunity presented itself. He was selected as a wildcard to coach Hwang Sun-hong’s 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games squad, where he wore the captain’s armband and played in every game, helping South Korea win its third consecutive Asian Games title, while also clearing his military service.

Baek Seung-ho’s Asian Games gold medal opened the door for him to return to Europe. At one point, he was linked with a move to Shandong Taishan in the Chinese Super League, managed by Choi Kang-hee, but he chose Europe. His 토토사이트 추천 contract with Jeonbuk expires at the end of the 2023 season, and he was looking for a new team, which led him to Birmingham.

After joining Birmingham City, Seung-Ho Baek quickly established himself as a key member of the team. Primarily deployed as a defensive midfielder, Seung-Ho Baek played 1322 minutes in 18 league games in the 2023-24 season. Of those 18 games, he started 15 times.

Seung-Ho Baek scored his debut goal for Birmingham City in the final game of the Championship, a 1-0 win at home to Norwich City, to help the team stay up, but the teams they were fighting to stay up with all won, leaving Birmingham in 22nd place and relegated to the third tier.

Fortunately, Championship clubs, including Blackburn, were impressed enough with Baek’s performances to consider signing him, giving him another chance to showcase his talents in the second tier. Although he has only been with Birmingham City for a short time, it will be interesting to see if Seung-Ho Baek will push for a move this summer in order to stay in the Championship.

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