The two soccer players, who have been linked as teachers and students for a long time, reunited at Suwon Samsung on the brink. The first breath was successful.
Former national team striker Ko Moo-yeol made a positive debut in front of Suwon Samsung manager Kim Byung-soo, who had been working 메이저사이트추천 together in high school and all his teams. Head coach Kim showed full expectations to play the role of the “game changer” that he expects from Ko Moo-yeol.
Suwon announced on the 8th that it has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with veteran striker Ko Moo-yeol, who was playing for K League 2 Chungnam Asan. (Exports News July 6th special report).
Ko Moo-yeol entered the second half as a substitute in Suwon’s away match against Daejeon on the 9th, a day later, and played a little less than 30 minutes until extra time, matching with the new team. It wasn’t a long time, but it received good reviews, such as trying to shoot once and trying to break the path of attack. Suwon, the lowest-ranked team, also gave up two goals first and showed their fighting spirit to catch up with two goals, drawing 2-2 with the sensational team match.
Ko Min-yeol is an A-level offensive resource that has completed his skills verification in the K League.
Ko Moo-yeol, who made his K-League debut through the Pohang Steelers in 2011 through Pocheol Technical High School and Soongsil University, played 310 individual games and scored 70 goals and 29 assists. The advantage is that he can play not only the side but also the front-line striker, and he has a lot of experience, so he has a sense of power immediately.
Coach Kim and Ko Min-yeol, who lead Suwon, also have a priestly relationship. When Ko Moo-yeol attended Pocheol Technical High School, the head coach was Kim. In addition, when head coach Kim led Gangwon FC between 2020 and 2021, the two joined forces to open Gangwon’s new heyday.
Suwon, which is currently ranked 12th among 12 K League 1 teams, is considered the No. 1 candidate for relegation, sought a rebound in the second half by recruiting veteran striker Ko Moo-yeol, who has ties to head coach Kim.
Regarding the recruitment of Ko Moo-yeol, head coach Kim said, “I am not greedy because I recruited him as a ‘game changer’,” and explained, “We plan to use it this way because there are few strikers in our replacement resources.” After the match against Daejeon, he then praised, “Ko Moo-yeol didn’t play much in the second half, but he tried to create a flashy opportunity.”
Ko Min-yeol sought a comeback in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, last winter. It was difficult to lift up the body again due to a long injury, but recently, his condition has risen considerably. In the match against Seongnam in the K League 2 on June 3, he made a comeback and announced his revival.
With the addition of Ko Min-yeol, Suwon gained a lot of strength from the forward attack that Ahn Byung-joon was responsible for alone. Ahn Byung-joon, a Korean-Japanese, has been struggling with Oh Hyun-kyu’s four goals in 19 games since he transferred to Scotland’s prestigious Celtic last winter, but he had a hard time because there was no striker to disperse the opponent’s checks. He even suffered from being eliminated while saving Ahn Byung-joon in major crises such as the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
However, as Ko Moo-yeol, who understands head coach Kim’s soccer philosophy well, Suwon also gained strength to overcome the realistic threat of relegation. Ko Moo-yeol’s playing time is expected to increase further in the weekday home game against Pohang on the 12th.
In war, a weapon that changes the existing aspect and turns the game around is called a game changer. In the last match against Daejeon, he proved that Ko Moo-yeol can execute Kim’s game changer wind. Suwon is also looking for hope.