Cho Kyu-sung, when is the best time to enter Europe?
Whether or not ‘World Cup Star’ Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai) advances to the European stage is attracting keen attention among soccer fans. Currently, Cho Kyu-sung is receiving love calls from various clubs in Europe, and the player and Jeonbuk are known to be in trouble over the appropriate timing and conditions for the transfer. The club is recommending a summer transfer rather than the winter transfer market in January, but some are concerned that the timing may be missed.
Cho Kyu-seong, the national striker, is a star born of the Qatar World Cup. In September 2021, he was selected for the adult national team for the first time in the final Asian region qualifier for the World Cup in Qatar against Lebanon and made his debut, and he continued to grow rapidly and was promoted to the final entry in the finals.
In the World Cup in Qatar, he started as a joker, but due to the sluggishness of Hwang Ui-jo, who was the first player, he was promoted to the main striker position. Cho Kyu-seong also spent the best year of his football life with his national team advancing to the World Cup round of 16, leading Jeonbuk to win the FA Cup last year and becoming the K-League 1 top scorer. His A-match career record is 6 goals in 20 appearances.
As a striker, Cho Kyu-seong, who has the physical ability and ability to control the ball in the air that has not been beaten even against world-class players in Europe, Africa, and South America, and has a star quality with a good appearance, has emerged as the center of attention after the World Cup. After the World Cup, European clubs also took notice of Cho Kyu-sung’s talent and love calls began pouring in. 토토사이트
In particular, Celtic in the Scottish League and Mainz in Germany are known to have shown the most active interest in Cho so far. Both clubs have a deep relationship with Korean players. Celtic, the strongest team in the Scottish league, has played an active role in Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Doo-ri, while Mainz is currently playing for national teammate Lee Jae-seong, and it is a club with a total of five Korean players. The two clubs are known to have shown a strong will to recruit Cho Kyu-sung by presenting new conditions higher than the transfer fee originally proposed.
Recently, according to local media such as ’90MIN’ in the UK, reports have emerged that English Premier League (EPL) clubs such as Leeds United, Everton, and Southampton are also interested in signing Cho Kyu-sung. Cho Kyu-sung said in an interview, “If you go abroad, the ultimate goal is the EPL.” The EPL, where Korean players such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) are active, is currently considered the best league in the world along with Spanish La Liga.
Cho Kyu-seong is a 24-year-old prospect who has yet to reach his prime, and since the military service issue has already been resolved, it is also an advantage that a long-term contract is possible. Unlike the existing Korean European strikers, who are mostly second-line resources, Cho Kyu-seong’s rarity as a target striker capable of one-top and post-play is also a differentiated part. The fact that there has not yet been a case of success on the European stage as an authentic striker since Park Joo-young, who played an active part in French Ligue 1 for a while, is the reason why we are looking forward to Cho Kyu-sung’s challenge.
However, even though the year has changed, there is no progress in the news of Cho Kyu-sung’s transfer. Recently, the atmosphere seems to be shifting towards summer transfers after staying in Korea. It is known that the position of the player who wants to go to Europe right away and the club who wants to stay a little longer are conflicting, and there are also differences in terms of transfer.
Of course, as a player, you will want to challenge the European stage as soon as possible. However, moving a team to the winter transfer market in January, which corresponds to the middle of the season based on European leagues, has many uneasy elements. The winter transfer market, which is held while the season is in full swing, focuses on recruiting an immediate sense of power that can literally rebound the team’s power immediately.
Cho Kyu-seong continued his strong march last year, playing more than 50 matches between his team and the national team. He even played the World Cup at the end of the year. It’s time to take a break physically, and it’s time to raise your body condition again in preparation for the new season. However, if you have to move your team right away and jump into the main competition of the existing club without enough time to prepare, you may experience difficulties in adapting to the environment or performance. It should also be taken into account that Cho Kyu-seong’s position is a striker who has a greater burden to prove with tangible results, such as an attack point.
In addition, Jeonbuk, which is trying to recapture the championship next season, will have difficulty in planning its strategy if Cho Kyu-seong suddenly leaves. Public opinion argues that the club should support the player’s advancement to Europe in a sweeping way, but there is no club that will blindly allow the transfer of key players without adequate compensation or alternatives. Jeonbuk technical director Park Ji-seong, who has been active on the European stage for a long time, is also known to have given realistic advice to Cho Kyu-seong, saying, “I want to go out in the summer after being ready.”
Of course, on the other hand, if you give up on the January transfer, there is also a risk that you may miss the perfect timing to advance to Europe. Apparently, the reason Cho Kyu-seong is currently receiving attention from European clubs is because of the ‘World Cup Special’ effect. It would not have been easy for him to get attention from European clubs just by playing in the K-League.
In the summer transfer market, there is no need to focus only on Cho Kyu-seong, who has not yet been verified in Europe, as the options for strengthening each team are widening. It is unknown whether Cho Kyu-seong will be able to continue his team’s performance and motivation as much as last season. It is difficult to say for sure whether the interest and stock prices of teams that actively want Cho will continue until the summer.
In fact, the possibility of advancing to Europe was strongly discussed with the help of the national team or the World Cup effect, but there are not a few cases that were canceled due to missing the timing. The late Yoo Sang-cheol, Hwang Seon-hong, Seo Jeong-won, Lee Dong-guk, Lee Chun-soo, Lee Geun-ho, Kim Young-kwon, and Jo Hyun-woo are typical examples. Of course, there were cases where some of these players succeeded in stepping on the European stage even belatedly, but both their skills and states were far from when they were in their prime. Considering that opportunities for domestic strikers to go to Europe are rare, in the worst case, Cho Kyu-sung’s challenge on the European stage may return to the starting point. What would be the best option for Cho Kyu-seong?