One striker who seems to be gaining a little more trust from head coach Jürgen Klinsmann is Cho Kyu-sung.
Klinsmann’s South Korea national soccer team won its September A friendly against Saudi Arabia 1-0 at 1:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England. It was Klinsmann’s first win in his sixth game in charge.
It was Cho Kyu-sung who came to Klinsmann’s rescue. The starter’s goal came in the 32nd minute. After Lee Jae-sung started the attack from the right side, Cho broke into the box. Hwang In-beom tried to pass the ball to Son Heung-min when the latter deflected Lee Jae-sung’s pass. Saudi defender Ali Al-Bulaihi failed to properly block Hwang’s pass, allowing Cho Kyu-sung to collect and finish with a header.
South Korea was able to defend the goal well to secure the win. With this game, Cho Kyu-sung looks to be cementing his place in what has been an open-ended competition for the striker position. When Klinsmann took over, it was hard to tell which player would be the first-choice striker.
Between March and June, the starting striker was different every game. Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang Eui-jo, and Oh Hyun-gyu alternated until the last game of June against El Salvador, with no one gaining the upper hand.
But this September was different. For two games in a row, Cho Kyu-sung started. In the last game against Wales, he was not as prominent as he should have been as South Korea’s performance was lackluster, but in this game, even with a bit of luck, he was able to open the scoring.
This goal doesn’t give Cho an unconditional advantage. Hwang Eui-jo is still an experienced striker. After falling out of favor at Nottingham Forest, he moved to Norwich City and is looking to turn things around. Oh Hyun-Gyu has also just returned from injury and is expected to be given plenty of opportunities at Celtic. These are two competitive players who can step up to the plate at any time.
However, for now, it’s Cho Kyu-sung who has the best chance of competing for both the club and the national team. If he keeps up his scoring form for Mitwylan until October, he’ll be the first to get a chance to start.
What is disappointing is Klinsmann’s use of strikers. Klinsmann’s strikers, including Cho Kyu-sung, are limited to the traditional No. 9 striker role. Right now, Cho Kyu-sung hasn’t developed his role as a goal scorer through Gimcheon Commerce and Jeonbuk Hyundai.온라인카지노
His link-up play, which utilizes the movement of his second-line teammates, has also improved. Cho Kyu-sung himself is a mobile player, so when he runs into space and shakes up the defense, players like Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan run into the space created by Cho Kyu-sung and create many threatening scenes. It was in this context that Cho Kyu-sung was selected by coach Paulo Bento.
However, it feels like Cho and even Hwang Eui-jo and Oh Hyun-gyu are stuck near the penalty box. All three players have different strengths but similar ways of utilizing them. Understandably, it’s hard for them to play to their full potential. With five goals in six games, Klinsmann also needs to think about how to utilize his strikers.