Olympic representative Kim Min-tae ‘Recommended J-League Lease Player’

Kim Min-tae, 30, has been recognised for his defensive prowess in Japan, where he is third in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) league rankings.

On 2 December, Japanese football media ‘Football Channel’ named Kim Min-tae as a player who “shined during his loan move and whose future is expected to attract attention, and who is recommended for full signing”.레모나토토

Kim played 12 full-time games as a centre-back in the second half of the 2023 Japan J1 League on loan to Shonan Belmaré. His contract with the Kashima Antlers runs through this season. It will be interesting to see which club he decides to join as a free agent.

‘Football Channel’ said, “Hungry for playing time, Kim Min-tae played like a fish out of water when he was loaned to his new team. In the middle of the back three, he encouraged his two teammates in fluent Japanese and overhauled a Shonan Belmare defence that was on the verge of collapse,” he said.

Kim Min-tae’s positive impact on Shonan Belmaré in the second half of the 2023 Japan J1 League can be seen in the following statistics: +2 goals scored and conceded per appearance, +0.98 goal differential for appearances and absences, and +0.17 goals against per 90 minutes.

‘Football Channel’ also said, “When Kim Min-tae plays, Shonan Belmare’s average goals against per game is only 0.82. He was able to fill the gaps in the defence with his commitment to protecting the goal without sacrificing his body.”

Kim has played for Vegalta Sendai from 2015 to 2016, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo from 2017 to 2021, Nagoya Grampus from 2021, and Kashima Antlers and Shonan Belmaré.

He scored 11 goals and provided four assists in 225 games for Japan from 2015-2023, including the J1 League, Japan Football Association Cup, J-League Cup and the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Round of 16. Played an average of 77.1 minutes.

In addition to his main position as a centre-back (87.4%), he also played 12.6% of his minutes as a defensive midfielder. Kim Min-tae was also a member of the South Korean men’s football team’s quarter-final squad at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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