Joo Min-Kyu: Seoul E-Land’s James Rodriguez

A 25 year old striker by the name of Joo Min-Kyu scored a wonder goal in Seoul E-Land’s 3-2 victory against Gyeongnam FC on May 10th, the goal impressed his manager, Martin Rennie, so much that he posted it on his personal blog, likening it to Real Madrid star James Rodriguez’s goal for Colombia against Uruguay at the World Cup — that goal won the 2014 Puskas Award for the best goal in the world that year.

That goal against Gyeongnam has led Joo Min-Kyu to have gained the nickname ‘joo-mes’ after the Real Madrid striker, and has been the highlight of an excellent start to the season for Joo at E-Land, where he has already scored seven goals in ten appearances.

His sudden emergence as the main goal threat for Seoul E-Land was unexpected at the start of the season, when all eyes were on the expensive foreign imports in the Jamsil side’s attacking line-up. Whilst fans of the club have been disappointed by Jamaican international Ryan Johnson’s start to the season, they have been impressed by Joo Min Kyu’s incredible form. Johnson started the season as Seoul E-Land’s main striker, but Joo Min-Kyu has now replaced the number 9 in the team’s starting eleven.

The seven goals he has scored in his first ten games has already matched the total number of goals he scored in the two previous seasons at Goyang Hi. He joined Goyang Hi in the 2014 K-league draft, straight after graduating from Hanyang University where he played his youth football, and moved to Seoul E-Land this winter.

Although a regular for Goyang Hi, his form there was nothing compared to his debut season for Seoul E-Land.  As well as his goal for E-Land against Gyeongnam, his performance against Ansan Police particularly stands out, he scored two goals in that game, the second of which was a left footed volley on the turn from the edge of the area after a great first touch to control the ball.

As Seoul E-Land continue to pick-up their form after a poor start to the season, we can expect to see more impressive performances from Joo Min-Kyu.


Written by Steven Price

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