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Coach Park spoilt for choice in midfield

Update: July, 09/2020 - 09:14


Nguyễn Hải Huy has made a case for his inclusion in the national squad. Photo:

HÀ NỘI — National team head coach Park Hang-seo now has a plethora of options to choose from in central midfield thanks to some rising stars in the V.League 1. 

With stars like Đỗ Hùng Dũng, Nguyễn Tuấn Anh and Phạm Đức Huy already firm favourites of the South Korean, Park looks set to have a pleasant headache for upcoming matches.

Undoubtedly, Dũng is the top central midfield player in Vietnamese football.

The Golden Ball award-winner is still performing well for Hà Nội FC, even if the defending champions are struggling as a team. 

In the case of Tuấn Anh, although he has just returned from injury, the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai player oozes class and is arguably the country's most technically gifted midfielder.

After eight V.League 1 matches, coach Park also has some rising stars in the middle of the park to call upon, including Nguyễn Hải Huy of Quảng Ninh Coal and Viettel's Hồ Khắc Ngọc.

The 29-year-old Hải Huy is the most suitable substitute for Dũng in the national team as both play with constant energy and have sold football IQs.

The only thing the Quảng Ninh midfielder lacks is experience in international competition, bar his side's current AFC Cup campaign, which should go some way to addressing that deficiency.

Meanwhile, Khắc Ngọc has performed very impressively and proved that he is fully capable of being selected for the national team.

He can be considered one of the most complete central midfielders in Việt Nam at the moment, and if he keeps up the level of play he's been at in recent weeks, he could be a solid backup for is Tuấn Anh in national team. — VNS


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