Jeju United has become more difficult due to Yuri Jonatan’s injury.
Jeju suffered a 2-3 defeat to 안전놀이터순위 Pohang Steelers in the 23rd round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Pohang Steel Yard at 7:30 pm on the 16th. Jeju maintained 30 points and became 8th.
After conceding the first goal to Ko Young-Jun, Jeju turned the game around with Kim Joo-Gong’s equalizer in the 9th minute and Yeon Je-Woon’s come-from-behind goal in the 25th minute. It seemed to end the 7 game draw, but collapsed in Pohang’s onslaught. After conceding a point to Grant in the 27th minute of the second half, Jeju conceded another point to Wandelsson a minute later in a counterattack situation. Seung-Dae Kim scored just before the end and the match ended with Pohang winning 4-2.
Didn’t win this time either. Jeju overcame the sluggishness at the beginning of the season and won consecutively, fighting Pohang Steelers and FC Seoul for second place. Then the monks continued. As the solid defense faltered and no goals were scored, they began to lose points. Lee Chang-min’s enlistment in the military and Koo Ja-cheol’s injury also took a toll. On May 27th, Suwon Samsung match was the last victory. 8 matches without a win, 3 draws and 5 losses. And then it fell to the bottom.
Even Yuri Jonatan was injured. Yuri Jonatan, who joined ahead of this season, played 21 K-League 1 games and recorded 6 goals and 4 assists. As can be seen from the attack point, he is a player who puts effort into Jeju’s attack linkage in addition to scoring. He held on at the forefront and led the activation of the entire attack by holding the ball and making connections until the left and right wingbacks or wingers came.
This was the reason Coach Nam Ki-il appointed Yuri-Jo Natan as the starting pitcher even though his performance and scoring ability were overwhelmingly poor. I also played against Pohang, but missed due to injury. Around the 32nd minute of the second half, he complained of an injury on his knee side, and was soon replaced with Jonathan Ling. I was very interested in the extent of his injuries. This is because if Yuri Jonatan is missing, Jeju’s attack will suffer a huge blow.
An official from Jeju said, “Yuri Jo Natan underwent an MRI scan to determine the extent of his injury. We cannot give a definite answer as the results have not yet been released, but he has trouble moving.” If Yuri Jonatan is absent, coach Nam Ki-il’s concerns will increase.
It may be difficult to recruit strikers now that the transfer market is running out. An official from Jeju said, “Anything can happen in the transfer market, but there is no news of a striker recruitment at this time.”
How to fill the void of Yuri Jonathan? His original position is center back, but there is a plan to put Lim Dong-hyuk in the front line, and Seo Jin-su or Kim Ju-gong can be used in the front line. Since there are side resources such as Kim Seung-seop and Hayes, it becomes a situation where Seo Jin-su and Kim Ju-gong can be used at the forefront. Nonetheless, it is true that there are concerns.