Oh Hyun-kyu’s growth is not unusual.
Celtic defeated St Mirren 5-1 in the 28th round of the Scottish Premiership in the 2022-23 season held at St Mirren Park in Paisley, Scotland on the 5th (Korean time). With this, leaders Celtic maintained a nine-point gap with second-placed Rangers.메이저놀이터
Oh Hyun-gyu, who started off the bench, was put in place of Furuhashi in the 21st minute of the second half. As soon as he came on as a substitute, he lived up to expectations. In the 35th minute of the second half when the team was leading 4-1, Oh Hyeon-gyu was tripped by Alex Gogich in front of the goal. Gogichi blocked Oh Hyeon-gyu’s leg with his foot and pulled his uniform with his hand. The referee saw that it was not Gogichi’s foul, but as a result of the on-field review, he declared a penalty kick. Oh Hyun-gyu stepped up as a kicker and scored his league debut goal.
Oh Hyeon-gyu has maintained his sense of the game by consistently participating in 7 matches after moving to Celtic. Despite his little playing time, he seems confident as he scores quickly. By winning the League Cup final, they prepared an environment in which they could stably establish themselves in Europe.
Amid Oh Hyun-gyu’s rapid growth, the national team’s striker competition is becoming more and more strange. Even right before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Hwang Ui-jo was undisputed No. 1, but the composition changed through the World Cup. Cho Kyu-seong began to take the place of Hwang Ui-jo, who failed to score a goal in the World Cup.
There are still many prospects that Cho Kyu-seong has an advantage, but a completely new board will unfold. It is difficult to predict which position and what kind of competition will unfold with the arrival of manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Assuming that all players start on the same starting line, Oh Hyun-kyu may have an advantage for now.
Hwang Eui-jo returned to the K-League stage and showed why he is a ‘national level’ striker with his performance, but in the end, the long-awaited scorer has not yet been announced. It may be too much criticism for a player who has only played two games, but considering that Hwang Ui-jo started to struggle in Europe, the news of the goal is coming too late.
Cho Kyu-seong scored his first goal in the second round against Suwon Samsung, but it was a penalty kick. The goal has been scored, but the performance has not improved yet. He was unable to finish off several scoring opportunities that came his way. It feels like there is a burden due to the heightened expectations after the World Cup.
Hwang Eui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong are unable to show anything certain. If it is Klinsman’s style, who prefers Europeans, Oh Hyun-gyu, who was on the ‘preliminary list’, has a good chance of pushing out Cho Kyu-seong and Hwang Eui-jo, who were on the ‘starting list’.