From January 2019 to January 2023, Oh Hyun-gyu (Suwon Samsung)’s breathless four-year challenge bore fruit.
Hyungyu Oh has achieved his dream of entering Europe.
Suwon Samsung and Celtic have officially announced that striker Oh Hyun-gyu will transfer to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League with a five-year contract period.
The transfer fee announced by Sky Sports, a British media, was 2.5 million pounds (approximately 3.9 billion won), but Suwon claims that it is a much larger amount, so it is expected to exceed 4 billion won.
Although he did not make it to the final entry for the Qatar World Cup, he became the first Taegeuk Warrior to enter the European stage after the World Cup.
It was four years of his shortness of breath.
Oh Hyun-kyu, who is going to Celtic, is 22 years old this year. Above all, he is able to take on the challenge to his heart’s content in that he solves military problems differently from his senior soccer players who entered Europe at the same age.
This was possible because Hyungyu Oh’s professional debut was in high school. Having grown up in the Suwon Samsung Youth System while attending Suwon Maetan Middle School and Maetang High School, he signed a semi-professional contract ahead of the 2019 season.
In other words, he became a field player who debuted on the K-League stage when he was a high school student. Appeared in 11 league games in his first season. Although he did not score, he was noted for his 185cm tall, solid physical and reckless breakthrough.
After graduating after his first season, Oh Hyeon-gyu was immediately accepted into the National Army Sports Corps and enlisted as Sangmu. His quick enlistment was not a common choice at the time.
In 2020, he scored 2 goals in 5 games at Sangmu, which was Sangju’s hometown, and the following year, when the team moved home to Gimcheon, he gained wings. 토토사이트
He played an active part in the 2021 season, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists in 33 games in the K-League 2, and returned to his home team Suwon in November.
Oh Hyun-kyu took over as the frontline striker as a U-22 resource in accordance with K-League regulations when Jung Sang-bin, a one-year junior, transferred to Wolverhampton.
At the beginning of the 2022 season, his performance plummeted as Suwon continued the sluggishness of the previous season even at the beginning, and Oh Hyun-gyu also appeared in 18 games during the first 19 league games, scoring only 2 goals and 1 assist.
However, Oh Hyun-kyu made a great turnaround in the second half. With the trust of coach Lee Byeong-geun, who took office in May last year, he started to restart his scorer in the summer.
In August of last year, he started flying with 4 goals and 1 help in 5 games, and on September 4, he scored multiple goals in a super match away game against FC Seoul, leading to a 3-1 win.
Suwon went through Final B (lower league) and fell to the promotion playoffs, but with Oh Hyun-kyu, they escaped the humiliation of relegation.
In the first leg against FC Anyang, he was blocked by the Anyang defense and could not score. He played full-time for 120 minutes from the endangered second game to overtime, and eventually scored a theatrical goal in the 15th minute of the second half of extra time, leading Suwon to stay.
Oh Hyun-gyu, who scored his first double-digit score since his professional debut with 13 goals and 3 assists in 36 league games in the 2022 season, was also noticed by former soccer team coach Paulo Bento.
He was first called by Bento during the A match schedule in November last year. Since he joined right before the World Cup in Qatar, expectations were raised that he would be selected as the third striker option following Hwang Eui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong.
Oh Hyun-gyu, who made his A-match debut in an evaluation match against Iceland on November 11, did not make it to the World Cup final list announced the next day, but Bento left for Qatar with a special card to prepare for the unexpected departure of Son Heung-min.
After returning from Qatar, he suffered a full-fledged love call from Celtic.
Thanks to Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk), who scored multiple goals in the World Cup, Oh Hyeon-gyu, who was with the national team, was also caught on the radar of Celtic, which is aiming for the Asian market, and he himself did not miss the opportunity.
After actively expressing his will to advance to Europe to coach Lee Byung-geun, he was given the uniform of Celtic, a strong Scottish team that is in the limelight as a forward base for the big leagues.
Oh Hyun-kyu, who set the final goal of advancing to the English Premier League, finally opened the way to the European stage.
He rode a roller coaster of his football life for four years and was reborn as a top striker in Korea, and stood on a new starting line in Scotland.
After joining Celtic, Hyungyu Oh said, “I’m happy to play for one of the best clubs. I’m happy that my dream has come true again.” This is the moment I’ve been dreaming of. I’m looking forward to being able to play in front of fans.”