Sang-yun Kang

Sang-yun Kang

Full name in native alphabet: 강상윤

Country: South Korea

Date of birth: 31/05/2004 (18 years old)

Place of birth: Jeju (South Korea)

Height: 171cm

Youth career: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

Current club: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

Squad number: 36

Current national team: South Korea U-20

Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

Preferred foot: both

Market value (by 75.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup qualification (3/0)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Mathieu Valbuena


– pace 

– dribbling 

– technique 

– ball control 

– agility 

– passing 

– vision 

– creativity 

– ambidexterity 

– versatility 

– first touch 

– flair 

– defensive contribution 

To improve:

– needs to work on his composure and finishing skills in the penalty area

– player of a small frame who doesn’t feel comfortable in contact situations

Style of play:

– advanced playmaker

– player with a low centre of gravity, superb agility, body balance, changes of pace, and coordination

– creative player with very good technique on the ball, acceleration skills, fast direction shifts, short-dribbling, and good short-mid through passing ability

– likes to dribble

– very mobile player who likes to play in a free attacking role granted the freedom to roam the pitch and find space

– has the technique, ability, and confidence to execute the killer passes, and set up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates

– able to dribble and make quick combinations with his teammates at top speed

– displays a natural technique to make fast decisions in crowded areas/under pressure

– very good footwork in tight spaces

– positive on the ball, unpredictable, and confident of his skills

– very dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and movement

– excellent ability at first touch/high speed in 1-2 combinations style of play

– slightly chaotic sometimes but he’s also very active and tenacious in the defensive phase/pressing, not afraid of duels, and has an above-average number of tackles won and interceptions per game

– very good reaction to the loss of the ball with a good aggressive attitude and good recovery of his position

– gets fouled often

– all-action and energetic

– perfectly two-footed

Kang controls the ball, makes a quick decision, spots the movement of his teammate, and provides a superb through ball.
Kang wins the ball back after good counter-pressing and scores with a precise finish.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.



League summary (as for 11 October 2022):

K League 1 2022 (ongoing): 13 games/0 goals (Jeonbuk)


Sang-yun Kang is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in South Korea. He signed a semi-pro contract with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at the age of 10. He made his professional debut for Jeonbuk on 5 May 2022 in a league fixture against FC Seoul. He has been a youth South Korean international for many years – starting at U-14 all the way through U-20.


Football Talent Scout potential rating:


Country-scale star with top European league ambition.





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