Baek Seung-ho was right when he said he should play aggressively.
Not an easy season. As soon as he joined the team last season, the 2020-21 season was difficult for Baek, who played as a starting pitcher. He was pushed out of the new coach Marcus Anfang’s plan and rarely had a chance to start due to injury.
Then, he started playing as a starter in the ninth round. Baek Seung-ho, who has already started his fourth game, finally set his first offensive point of the season on the evening of the 15th (local time). He assisted his team in a 4–0 victory against the 2020–212 Bundesliga Grotter Furt.
It was 45 minutes in the first half and 4 minutes in the second half. Baek Seung-ho, who showed off his spectacular foot skills right in front of the opponent’s defense, quickly crossed the ball to the door. Both crosses were scored by teammate Serdar Dursun (29) without missing. Dursun kissed Baek Seung-ho, put his arms around his shoulders and showed off his affection.
Baek Seung-ho also had a chance to score. In the 34th minute of the first half, he reached the penalty area after a left side sprint. Baek Seung-ho, who defended the ball with his own kick skills with two future defenders in front of him, shot himself. Unfortunately, the ball missed the left side of the net, but it was the moment when Baek Seung-ho’s offense shone.
The reason why he could sparkle is in position. Baek Seung-ho was mainly a defensive midfielder last season. This season, Anfang will set up Baek Seung-ho aggressively. Except for the Hamburg match in the last four games, he started as an attacking midfielder or winger. The threatening appearance from the front on this day is the result of the Anfang system’s adaptation to the attack resources.
There are many reasons why Baek Seung-ho has a position change under Anfang. It includes Anfang’s tactics and resource changes. On top of that, former coach Dimitrios Grammogis’ last season’s use of Baek Seung-ho could have been a hint. At the end of the season, former manager Grammogis was in the middle of a test. I put the players in various positions and watched to see if new abilities came out. He set up Baek Seung-ho as a ‘surprise’ right winger in the 33rd round against Behen Bizbaden. There, Baek Seung-ho scored one goal and one assist. The result of the examination was successful.
On the 15th, when Baek Seung-ho shone as a “Winger,” there is someone who watches him more happily than anyone else. It’s director Cha Bum-keun. In November last year, I met director Cha Bum-keun at Merck Stadion in Darmstadt. He often visited Darmstadt’s home games to see his juniors adapt to the team he used to play. He was proud of Baek Seung-ho, who took the starting position from the start of his career.
The only thing he felt sorry for was Baek Seung-ho’s attack power. When Seung-ho was young, he was a striker. It was fast then. Cha, who recalled Baek Seung-ho’s past, said, “At one point, the kid grew up and slowed down a bit,” expressing regret over his blunt offense. Instead, he advised Baek Seung-ho’s strength, “Technology and passing ability,” to revive his former aggressive appearance. This is because “the player who scores the goal and the player who can’t score the goal have different values.”
Baek Seung-ho defended the ball well even with the opponent’s defense in front of him with “technical skills,” which coach Cha said in the game against Furt, and helped Dursun’s two goals with “passing power.” It was a day when I showed my strengths that were difficult to show off while playing as a defensive midfielder. Baek Seung-ho was right by “Cha Boom,” who said he was right.