The most trailed transfer of the window, Hyeongyu Oh (21), was confirmed this morning when Celtic announced the striker will join the club, subject to international clearance. 2022 was Hyeongyu’s breakthrough year when he established himself as first choice striker for Suwon Bluewings.
13 league goals in 24 starts was a decent return in a team that finished in a relegation play-off spot. His final contribution to Suwon was the extra-time – last minute – winner that kept them in the topflight.
At 6’1”, he is 6 inches taller than Kyogo, or put it another way, he exactly fits a Giorgos Giakoumakis sized hole. There is no coincidence here, I expect we will see Giorgos leave as soon as Hyeongyu’s clearance is confirmed.
Oh has made 93 career appearances, which is higher than most young players we recruit from European markets. What is different about his stats is that as recently as 2021, the majority of his appearances were in the lower leagues, and most of them as substitute. As a prospect, his story is all about what happened in 2022.
Another aspect to check when players arrive from far flung fields is how well we can expect them to adapt to our ‘refreshing’ climate. It is currently -8 and raining in Suwon, so Lennoxtown will feel mild to him this morning.
The suburbs of Seoul are a long way from Glasgow, the weather might be kinder, but the food, language, coaching and style of play will all be different. The player will take time to settle (just as Giorgos did).
Welcome to Celtic, Hyeongyu!