Hwang Ui-jo, the second wild card vs. a player in his age group… “ST worries” Coach Hwang Seon-hong’s choice?
- on May 16, 2023
Coach Hwang Seon-hong confessed that he has many worries about being a striker.
The under-24 (U-24) national team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong will conduct convocation training at Paju NFC from the 15th to the 17th. It is preparation for the Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September. Originally, the Hangzhou Asian Games were scheduled to be held last year, but were postponed due to the스포츠토토 aftermath of Corona 19. At the same time, the age limit was raised from 23 to 24. A total of 24 people were selected.
Director Hwang Seon-hong, who attended the press conference, said, “The competition for the second line is as fierce as ever. It’s not strange if anyone falls out.” At the same time, he said, “I have a lot of worries on the striker side.” Including Chun Seong-hun (Incheon United), Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Sangmu), and Park Jae-yong (FC Anyang), coach Hwang Seon-hong is observing several strikers active in the K-League.
Lee Ho-jae (Pohang Steelers) and Heo Yul (Gwangju FC) can also be selected at any time, and Oh Hyun-kyu (Celtic) and Oh Se-hoon (Shimizu Pulse) are also candidates. There are many players with high potential, but it is difficult to say that there is a clear striker who will be in charge of the tournament. Oh Hyun-gyu is the right person, but he is a player whose military issues have been resolved, and he has to negotiate with Celtic. The Asian Games are not held during the period set by the International Football Federation (FIFA), so the cooperation of the affiliated team is required.
It is a troubling situation in many ways. Director Hwang Seon-hong said, “I’m also thinking about the wild card. First of all, the issue of recruiting foreign players has to be resolved. I’ve been to Japan and plan to go to Europe. I am thinking about the pool. Those who can put strength into positions that are lacking are the priority.”
Five years ago, Hwang Eui-jo at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games can be a good precedent. Hwang Ui-jo, who was selected as a wild card along with Cho Hyun-woo and Son Heung-min, played a decisive role in helping Kim Hak-beom win the gold medal. Hwang Eui-jo, who brought home the gold medal after clearing away the concerns and criticisms he had before the tournament, became a striker for the national team A and even advanced to Europe.
With the finals only four months away, head coach Hwang Seon-hong has to choose whether to find a second Hwang Eui-jo or to find a striker in the age pool and then reinforce it by adding wild cards to other positions. The performance of strikers of this age group in this call and in future leagues is expected to influence coach Hwang Seon-hong’s decision.