Lee Seung-Yeoul (23, Striker) has ended his brief spell with the club by returning to his homeland to join Seongham Ilhwa Chunma.
As previously reported here, rumours suggested that Lee was set to return to Gamba after his loan spell at Ulsan Hyundai ended. His exclusion from the squad list on Monday cast doubts upon his future and the news of his departure has been made official on Seongnam’s website.
Lee failed to impress for Gamba during his few months at the club before going to Ulsan, where he was a bit part player, making 11 appearances without a goal. He returned to South Korea where he played a small part in the team’s success in the ACL. Having cost Gamba approximately ¥150 million, one does wonder if his sale will return any of that money.
Seeing his stats in the previous article shows that his future star reputation has gone sideways. Nevertheless, if his fee has been slightly recouped, Kenta Hasegawa may want to add another face or two to add a bit more depth, particularly at the back, but this is not traditionally Gamba’s way.
I hope that Lee can return to his former reputation and improve Seongnam in the K.League Classic. Goodbye, Lee.