News from Korea today suggests we have agreed the transfer of Yang Hyun-jun from Gangwon. The player turned 21 two days before our last league game of the season against Aberdeen. Gangwon have won only two of their 22 league games and sit well adrift of safety in the relegation zone.
He is young and playing for a side who are surely the polar opposite of Celtic – always defending instead of always attacking. The journey to Europe, to Celtic Park, potentially Champions League nights and the ever-present need to win, need to always be productive, will take a while to adjust to.
A fee of around £2.5m is a huge amount for a Gangwon, so we can assume this lad has metrics which place him in the upper echelon of potential superstars. Whether that potential is realised will depend on how well Brendan Rodgers and his coaches develop him. We should expect little in his first season.
Yet another winger! He joins Daizen Maeda, Liel Abada, Marco Tilio, Sead Haksabanovic and James Forrest, while Mikey Johnston’s injury almost certainly precludes him from leaving on loan this summer. That makes seven fighting for two starting places.
That sounds a lot, but as my brother pointed out to me this morning, since the five subs rule came in, we change at least one winger and often both in each game, so any four have a realistic chance of gametime each matchday.
With two injured (as there are at the moment), that’s four from five, so maybe we are not overloaded on the wings (pardon the pun) afer all.