K-League's most valuable player signs for Shandong Luneng

Son Jun-ho, who was voted the 2020 K League 1 MVP, has signed for Chinese FA Cup winners, Shandong Luneng.


The steel that enabled the flair to dominate

Son Jun-ho was the steel that allowed Jeonbuk flair players to power them to another K League 1 title, by being a stabilising influence in defensive midfield that allowed the team to build and dominate matches. 

The midfielder was a consistent, and integral cog in the machine which was widely recognised by him being voted the most valuable K League 1 player last season. 

Jeonbuk said that "We respect Son's decision to take on new challenges, and we will fully support him in his future endeavours." With Son himself chirping in with, "I've accomplished so much with Jeonbuk," the club he joined in 2018 after four years with Pohang Steelers. "I'll never forget the love and support I've had from our fans and when I do return to the K League, it will be in Jeonbuk green."

Son's form and performances have not gone unnoticed in China, with Shandong reportedly stumping up four million quid for his services. As Shandong won the Chinese FA Cup, this means that Son won't miss out on the AFC Champions like by moving to China.

As with the Chinese FA Cup winners also receive a place in the AFC Champions League, what are the odds on Shandong being drawn to face Jeonbuk?

Shandong will be hoping he can bring some steel to their Chinese Super League, and AFC Champions League campaigns and become an integral cog at the club, just as he did at Jeonbuk. They will also be hopeful that if that does happen, they also end the season with shiny pots in the hands.

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