Jo Young-wook (24), striker of FC Seoul in the domestic professional soccer K League 1 (Part 1), enlisted in the military on the 22nd as managing director of the military team, Gimcheon. Cho Young-wook, who enlisted in Seoul, said, “I am half excited and half worried about coming to Gimcheon Managing Director. I will faithfully serve in the military and grow into a better player. Please give us a lot of support so that we can show a good performance in Gimcheon.”
With Jo Young-wook’s departure, Seoul suffered a major power vacuum. Cho Young-wook scored 6 goals and 7 assists in 37 league games last season. He recorded the most points scored on the team. He played many official matches last year, such as the national team and the FA (Korea Football Association) Cup, but he was so committed to the team that he voluntarily participated in league matches. Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo even said, “I am always grateful to Cho Young-wook, who thinks of the team first.”
Seoul, which feels the absence of Cho Young-wook, puts its hopes on the toes of the three forward strikers. The most noteworthy is the forward striker Ilyuchenko (33, Germany/Russia). After losing his chance at Jeonbuk Hyundai last season, he joined Seoul mid-season. He left behind many impressive performances. He scored 7 goals in 16 matches for Seoul. As he is a proven striker, expectations are high for his first season properly in Seoul.
On both side wings, Willian (29, Brazil), who was hired on loan from Daejeon Hana Citizen, and national striker Na Sang-ho (27) are attracting attention as they will score many goals. In fact, they are in a position to fill the vacancy of Jo Young-wook. This is because Cho Young-wook can play as a front-line striker, but in the league, he actually played as a wing striker.
Willian can play all positions in the second offensive line. He combined the ability to break through the door using his quick feet and strong mid-range shooting ability. Willian, who joined Gwangju FC, which was in the second division at the time in 2019, stayed in the K-League for 4 seasons and scored 37 goals and 12 assists (96 games). Last season, he moved from Gyeongnam FC to Daejeon, scoring 8 goals in 17 matches and leading the team to promotion to the first division. 안전놀이터
Na Sang-ho, the captain in Seoul, is a right-wing striker with quick feet and flamboyant skills. In 32 games last season, he recorded 8 goals and 4 companions, recording the most attack points in the first division. This season, which gained confidence through his performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he is determined to lead the team to the Final A (1st to 6th places).