The Asian Cup and the Nations Cup, which will open soon, are expected to be the biggest variables in the English Premier League (EPL) beyond the continent this season. With a large number of key players leaving depending on the team by early next month, it is expected to have a significant impact on the EPL ranking and individual record competition.
According to the British public broadcaster BBC, a total of 40 players left the league for a while after being called by their motherland. For the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Kim Ji-soo (Brentford) were called as Korean players. Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arnault), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton), and Wataru Endo (Liverpool) will join the national team. Justin Hoobner (Wolverhampton) of Indonesia and Saman Godos (Brentford) of Iran will also participate in the Asian Cup.
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which starts from July 13, will create a much bigger void. As many as 32 players from the EPL have been invited to join the national team.마카오카지노주소
Clubs have different levels of joy and sorrow depending on the size of their recruitment. Among the 20 EPL clubs, Nottingham Forest is the team that has given up the most players. Six players from Africa alone will participate in the Cup of Nations. Nottingham, which has 20 points through the 20th round, is ranked 14th in the league, but is only four points shorter than Luton Town, which is ranked 18th in the relegation zone, and hence has been playing a thin game for a while.
Tottenham (39 points), which ranks fifth in the league, is also bleeding considerably. Son Heung-min (12 goals), who is the top scorer in his team, as well as Pape Sarr (Seneggal) and Yves Bissouma (Malley), both of the midfielders, will be absent. Arsenal, which ranks fourth with 40 points, is unable to do all they can to catch up with the lead, as two players, including key defender Tomiyasu, are missing.
Leading Liverpool (45 points) is also concerned about weakening its power as Salah, who is tied for first place in the EPL in scoring, and Endo, a defensive midfielder, are missing. Wolverhampton, ranked 11th, who was aiming to enter the “Top 10”, is regrettable in the absence of Hwang Hee-chan, a “solver.” Hwang Hee-chan is leading the team in scoring with 11 goals, including 10 league goals and 1 cup, this season, losing the core of his attack from Wolverhampton’s point of view.
On the other hand, the three teams in the league, Manchester City (40 points), Newcastle in the ninth place, and Burnley in the 19th place, have not leaked any power. In particular, Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury for the first time in more than four months after playing as a substitute in the FA Cup match against Huddersfield on the 8th (Korea time), and Elling Hallan, who is recovering from a fatigue fracture, has also entered the countdown of his return and has a chance to counterattack.
The Asian Cup and the Nations Cup are also expected to shake the EPL scoring landscape. As of the 20th round, Holan and Salah are tying for first with 14 goals, while Son Heung-min and Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth are tying for third with 12 goals. They are followed by Jared Bohr (11 goals, fifth at West Ham) and Hwang Hee-chan (10 goals, six).
Salah, Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan can miss up to four games depending on the performance of Egypt and South Korea, so Solanke and Bohon are smiling.
Meanwhile, the Asian Cup will be held in Qatar from the 12th to the 10th of next month, and the Nations Cup will be held in Ivory Coast from the 13th to the 11th of next month for a month.