‘Oh Hyeon-gyu’ left with a lot of money… How to use ‘Suwon’ who lost the ace
This is an important moment for Suwon Samsung. This is because he has to fill the vacancy of Oh Hyeon-gyu (22, Celtic), a “key striker” who left the team.
Scotland’s prestigious Celtic officially announced the transfer of Oh Hyun-kyu on the 25th (Korean time). His contract is for 5 years. With this, the third Korean player to play for Celtic was born, following national team legend Ki Seong-yong (FC Seoul) and Cha Doo-ri (43), current Seoul youth director. Initially, Suwon was in a position to want Oh Hyun-gyu to remain for one more season. However, Celtic continued to raise the ransom and persistently sent love calls, and Oh Hyun-gyu’s will to advance to Europe was so strong that he eventually accepted the transfer.
Oh Hyeon-gyu was a key player in Suwon. He performed very well last season with 13 goals and 3 assists in 36 league games. Suwon’s 2022 season team score was 44 points, but Oh Hyun-gyu was responsible for 1/3. He played a decisive role in Suwon’s retention in the first division. Last year, Suwon played a promotion playoff against FC Anyang (2nd division), and after a tie in the first and second games, it was decided to remain after a 120-minute extra-long fight. At that time, Oh Hyun-kyu scored the winning goal like a dramatic header right before the end of the game.
His symbolism was also great. Hyungyu Oh is from Suwon Youth. He made his K-League debut at the age of 18 in 2019 and drew attention as a top-class prospect. He also enlisted in Sangmu early to solve the problem of military service. He is also an under-22 (U-22) resource until this year, adding to his utilization value. Suwon did not have the idea of blocking Oh Hyun-gyu from entering Europe unconditionally, but it was only one season last year that he played an active role in the Suwon uniform, and there was no choice but to be regretful. But he made a decision for the player’s future.
Fortunately, Oh Hyun-gyu left the team at a high transfer fee, receiving good reviews. The transfer fee for Oh Hyun-gyu received by Suwon is known to be 3 million euros (approximately 4.1 billion won). Earlier this month, when the news of Celtic’s interest was first heard, Suwon received an offer of 2 million euros (approximately 2.6 billion won). However, his ransom skyrocketed. Suwon also has sufficient live ammunition for power reinforcement. 먹튀검증
What is urgent right now is reinforcement of the offensive line. With Oh Hyun-gyu leaving, Suwon’s frontline striker is only Ahn Byung-jun. He was the second top scorer in the K-League and scored 7 goals last year, living up to expectations. But he can’t lead a long season with just one offensive resource. Foreign players Maxwell Akosti and Bassani, who were recruited by Suwon this winter, are players who are specialized in helping rather than scoring. Akosti was a K-League 2 helper, and Basani’s position is an attacking midfielder.
Suwon also started recruiting. It is known that they are already looking into recruiting a new foreign striker. However, Suwon suffered serious sluggishness for Sebastian Groening, who spent a lot of money last year. Careful selection is required.
Suwon is a K-League 1 star, but last year it was difficult enough to remain. The goal for this year should be more than that. Oh Hyun-kyu’s departure is a big minus, but it can be an opportunity to prepare a turning point. 4.1 billion is an amount that can recruit several good players. In addition to attacking, it seems possible to reinforce other vulnerable positions.