When he joined FC Seoul in February, Hwang Ui-jo was the kind of striker FC Seoul head coach Ahn Ik-soo was looking for.
With his goal-scoring ability, as well as his ability to link up with a wide range of players up front, Hwang was considered the pinnacle of Ahn’s passing game.
With four goals and two assists in 18 K League games, he didn’t have a lot of attacking points, but he was able to create a ripple effect for the players around him, such as Na Sang-ho. Ahn broke his slump last season and cruised alongside Hwang Ui-jo.
With Hwang Ui-jo returning to his original club, Nottingham Forest, after their match against Suwon FC in Round 19, in search of a challenge, the Seoul frontline forward spot became a question mark again.
The first choice is foreigner Ilyuchenko. He was expected to replace Hwang Ui-jo because of his link-up ability.
Ilyuchenko started both of Seoul’s games after Hwang’s transfer. However, he was subbed off in the second half without scoring, and Seoul only managed a draw and a loss in the two matches. With Ilyuchenko silenced, Na Sang-ho scored the only goal against Jeonbuk.
With just one point from two games, Seoul benched Ilyuchenko in favor of Kim Shin-jin, who had just returned from injury, and it paid off.
Kim Shin-jin scored two goals in the 22nd round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday to lead his team to a 7-2 victory.
A former member of the Gangwon FC youth team, Kim met head coach Ahn Ik-soo while attending Sun Moon University after high school.
He flourished under Ahn at Sun Moon University and was reunited with him when he joined FC Seoul in December 2021.
His natural position is as a frontline striker, but in his first year as a professional, he played a lot of time in the midfield due to the team’s injury situation last season.
Just as Ahn gave Kim Shin-jin a pass from the midfield position, Kim Shin-jin has a lot of activity and a good sense of passing with a wide vision. Her style of play is similar to that of Hwang Eui-jo, which is exactly what Ahn is looking for in a striker.
In this match, Kim Shin-jin’s strengths were on full display. Kim didn’t just stay in the front line. She was all over the field, not only in the offensive zone, but also downfield, joining the defense.
As he dragged defenders down to the halfway line, he created space for Na Sang-ho and Willian, who were deployed on both wings, to penetrate. It was similar to the movement and movement that Hwang Ui-jo showed in Seoul.
He also scored two goals of his own, proving that he is more than capable of replacing Hwang. The first goal in the 14th minute came from a combination play. After passing a heel kick to Palocevic, he penetrated into the penalty box, and Palocevic connected with a non-stop shot that rattled the net.
Her second goal in the 10th minute of the second half was one of the highlights of the match. After receiving a ball into the penalty box, Kim slipped the ball between Jackson’s legs and from no angle, Kim scored her team’s fifth goal with a low shot. The goal was a display of speed, individuality, and finishing.
FC Seoul thrashed Suwon FC 7-2, thanks in large part to Kim Shin-jin’s performance in the center of the front line. Seven goals in one game is a first for the club.바카라
Seoul head coach Ahn Ik-soo praised Kim Shin-jin, saying, “He actually had a few games off due to injury, but his preparation in practice was very good, and I think he took advantage of that.”
After going winless in their last two matches – a 0-0 draw with Daejeon in Round 20 and a 1-2 loss to Jeonbuk in Round 21 – Seoul won their third game in three days and remained in third place in the league with 36 points.
It was also their third straight win against Suwon FC. Seoul faced Suwon on October 22 and April 29 last year, winning 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. They are unbeaten in their last four matches (three wins and a draw), including a three-game winning streak, and have a record of nine wins, two draws, and one loss in 12 matches.