Changchun Yatai need to bolster in the summer transfer window and Jin Taiyan should be a top priority, reports Changchun columnist James Reeve.
Chen Jingang’s side currently sit eighth in China League One after a string of positive results helped the club turn a torrid start to the season around.
But while the club appears to finally be trending in the right direction, some new faces will definitely be needed to help them in their hunt for promotion.
One area of need is in defence, more specifically at full back – with Changchun Yatai currently relying on club legend Zhang Xiaofei and Xue Ya’nan on either side of the defence.
Zhang Xiaofei’s experience has been helpful to Changchun, who are still waiting on Fan Xiaodong’s potential return this summer, but Xue Ya’nan has looked far less assured and should be replaced in the summer.
Enter Beijing Guoan’s Jin Taiyan, who could be the perfect short-term signing to give Changchun a real chance at pushing their way towards promotion.
Jin arrived in the Chinese capital back in 2017 after spending his entire professional career with Liaoning FC, having made 140 league appearances with the North Eastern club.
Since joining Beijing, Jin has made around 40 league appearances but has played just 99 minutes of football this season – failing to make a single appearance during the club’s storming start in the CSL.
Jin performed well in the 2018 season, averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.3 dribbles at full back – capable of playing on either the right or the left.
Previously a right midfielder, Jin is capable of getting the ball forward while also playing responsibly in defence.
At 29 years old, turning 30 this summer, Jin will be determined to play as regularly as possible – with Changchun Yatai potentially giving him the ideal opportunity to stay fit while also demonstrating to other teams what he is capable of.
If Changchun fail to get promoted this season, however, Jin would likely join another team in the top tier.
If he helps guide the North Eastern team back into the top league then the door could certainly be open on a permanent deal.
A move to Changchun might also work for Jin on a personal level, having played his entire career in the North East prior to moving to Beijing as well as the fact that he was born in Yanji, Jilin Province – the same province as Changchun.
Being closer to his home town could be an intriguing offer for Jin – especially as he would likely be one of the first names on the team sheet week in, week out.
If Fan Xiaodong makes a return and slots in on the left, adding Jin Taiyan on the right side of defence would give Changchun Yatai arguably the strongest defence in the second tier.
This would help Chen Jingang’s team play and get the ball forward, with attacking options not in short supply with Yang Chaosheng, Tan Long and Richairo Zivkovic all capable of finding the back of the net.