Hwang Eui-jo (31) is expected to return to the K-League for the first time in six years in the form of a short-term lease. It seems to be following the 먹튀검증 precedent of his teammate Hwang In-beom (27, Olympiacos).
An official from FC Seoul acknowledged the discussion with the national striker, saying, “It’s still in the early stages, but contact with Hwang Ui-jo is true.”
Hwang Eui-jo moved to Nottingham Forest from Girondins Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 in August last year. Immediately after that, the owner left the lease to the same Olympiacos and met the 2022-23 season.
He attracted attention with an unusual transfer method, but the achievement fell short of expectations. He only appeared in 12 official matches this season, including 5 regular league matches and 6 matches in the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League. The attack point is also 1 help without scoring.
In the second half, his position in the team rapidly declined. Last year, on October 18th, with PAOK in the 8th round, he was not listed on the list of 12 consecutive matches in the regular league. This is the background of the possibility of returning to Nottingham or transferring to another team.
However, it was difficult for Hwang Ui-jo to find a new team in Europe. According to FIFA rules, a player can register with up to three clubs during a season, but can only play for two clubs during this period.
Hwang Ui-jo had already played at Bordeaux and Olympiacos this season and could not step on the pitch even after transferring to another club in Europe.
However, FIFA distinguishes between the Chunchunje and Chunchuje leagues, and made an exception so that the third team can play in the event of a transfer to another team with a league schedule. As a result, unlike Europe, which runs the Chunchun system, the American, Korean, and Japanese leagues that implement the Spring and Autumn system have emerged as the next destination for Hwang Eui-jo.
In this situation, Hwang Eui-jo seems to be thinking of breaking through the current crisis by using the lease contract with Seoul as the cornerstone for returning to Europe.
Hwang In-beom, who is currently playing for Olympiacos, also successfully returned to Europe after leaving Rubin Kazan (Russia) and signing a short-term contract with Seoul last year. He played for about 3 months before advancing to the Greek League.
This season, Olympiacos is showing a dazzling performance as a core force. The local evaluation is favorable enough that the possibility of entering the big leagues is discussed, but it is considered a case of careful use of the ‘K League short-term return’.