Will Cho Kyu-sung realize his dream of advancing to Europe this coming summer?
Turkish media 메이저놀이터‘Gazeta Batan’ reported on the 15th (Korean time), “Cho Kyu-seong is a candidate for Galatasaray’s recruitment. He previously received attention from Fenerbahce and was applauded for his performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.” did.
Cho Kyu-seong is the striker who became the top scorer in the K-League in the 2021 season. Cho Kyu-seong became an upgraded striker by developing his physical and soccer sense at Gimcheon Sangmu, and established himself as a key striker for Jeonbuk Hyundai after being discharged last September. Cho Kyu-seong scored 17 goals in the K-League 1 (Gimcheon + Jeonbuk) and won the top scorer, and led the team to the championship by scoring multiple goals against FC Seoul in the FA Cup final.
Cho Kyu-sung’s activities did not stop there. Cho Kyu-sung was named to the final list for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and headed to Qatar. He made his debut as a substitute in the first match against Uruguay.
The value of Cho Kyu-sung came out in the second game. Cho Kyu-seong, who started against Ghana, harassed Ghana’s defense based on his vigorous activity. He even scored multiple goals and showed off his scoring ability. Cho Kyu-seong showed excellent performances in connection, passing, and pressure. In particular, his aerial ball control was excellent. Cho Kyu-seong played 10 aerial contests against Portugal and won 9 victories.
As a result, there is a possibility of entering Europe last winter. Celtic (Scotland), Mainz (Germany), and Minnesota (USA) were actively seeking to sign him. However, it is difficult for Jeonbuk to give away a key striker in the team. Even from Cho Kyu-sung’s point of view, challenging the European stage in winter was like a gamble. In the end, Cho Kyu-sung’s choice was ‘remain first’.
Ji-Sung Park, technical director of Jeonbuk, also advised Cho Kyu-Sung’s choice. At winter training camp in January, Cho Kyu-seong said, “(Director Park Ji-sung) respects my choice. I’ve seen many players who went to Europe in winter face difficult situations. He told me that it’s good to go in summer.” he explained.
You have to build your body quickly. Cho Kyu-seong suffered an injury after an A-match in March and has been unable to play for over a month. Coach Kim Doo-hyun said, “Jo Kyu-seong will return in the next game (against Suwon FC on the 21st).” The European season is also ahead of the transfer market soon. It is Cho Kyu-sung who needs to quickly find his past form.