After watching from the sidelines against Wales, will Oh get a chance against Saudi Arabia?
South Korea and Saudi Arabia will play a friendly match for the national team at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, at 1:30 a.m. on the 13th (Korea Standard Time). South Korea, which remained in a 0-0 draw with Wales earlier, has no wins (3 draws and 2 losses) in five games under Jürgen Klinsmann.
Since Klinsmann, a star striker when he was a player, took office, attention has been paid to who will be the main striker of the national team. The main candidate group was three. Hwang Ui-jo, who has been a key player for a long time under the former coach system, Cho Kyu-sung, who impressed through the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and Oh Hyun-kyu, who succeeded in advancing to Europe after the World Cup, were listed side by side on the first call-up list for Klinsmann.메이저놀이터
Klinsmann is giving the three players alternately a chance. During the A match in March, Cho Kyu-sung and Hwang Ui-jo started once, and Oh Hyun-kyu was replaced in both games to replace the two players. In June, Oh Hyun-kyu and Cho Kyu-sung started one game each. The players who were not the starters took the field as substitutes. And Cho Kyu-sung started the match against Wales in September, and Hwang Ui-jo played as a substitute.
Oh Hyun-kyu (Korean men’s national soccer team). Provided by the Korea Football Association
So far, no player has definitely beaten the competition. Hwang Ui-jo’s goal against El Salvador was the only goal scored by the strikers in five games. The entire team’s attack is dull due to the strikers’ silence. He has only four goals in five games and only scored one effective shot in the last match against Wales. Even that was Son Heung-min’s effective shot.
Considering the recruitment pattern so far, Oh Hyun-kyu is likely to get a chance against Saudi Arabia. Since he did not play at all in the last match against Wales, he is expected to start or get an early choice even as a replacement.
It is an important opportunity for Oh Hyun-kyu. Depending on their performance against Saudi Arabia, they can definitely strengthen their position or step back from the competition. Cho Kyu-sung and Klinsman, who start at least one game at each call-up, have yet to show much compared to Hwang Ui-jo, who was the only one to score in the system.
The team’s situation, which will affect the competition structure in the future, is not very advantageous, so it is necessary to make an impression during the call-up period. Cho Kyu-sung is a key striker for Meatwillan, and Hwang Ui-jo is expected to receive frequent opportunities for the time being as he is loaned to Norwich City, where the main striker has been left due to a long-term injury. On the other hand, Celtic’s Oh Hyun-kyu is competing with last season’s Scottish Premiership scorer, Kyogo Furuhashi.