Plenty of stuff in the news today, folks, with the transfer window continuing to throw us tales from abroad.
An interview with the agent for the Korean striker Cho Gue-sung reveals that we were in it right to the end and that we had even considering allowing a summer deal rather than one right now. And in the same country, a deal for Oh Hyeon-gyu is now said to be progressing.
We’ll see I guess. But it does seem as if there is juice in this one, and that the deal for Gue-sung’s counterpart might well be the one we tie up in this window.
He’s a fine player. I’ve previously highlighted YouTube clips of him, and he reminds me a lot of Darwin Nunes, both in the good and in the bad of his good.
What I mean by that is that he clearly has the quality to beat players and get into great positions. He moves brilliantly with the ball, he has great feet, great first touch … but his composure lets him down at times in front of goal.
That will come, as it does with all good strikers.
He certainly has enough quality to come here and be a star.
That much is obvious, and Celtic will have done all of the analytics on him to make sure he’s fit enough and capable of fitting right in to Angeball. We aren’t just taking some wild punt.
Oh Hyeon-gyu is certainly an interesting character. His commitment to his football is clear in the way that he got his 2 years compulsory military service out of the way in order to develop his game and work on his football career. That’s all to the good.
This also opens up another interesting opportunity though.
If his fellow countryman is still fighting to get his move come the summer this makes Celtic a more enticing prospect for him, and for that deal and that’s something I’m sure is already focussing minds inside the club, and for the long haul.
The Japanese contingent has made this a good place for their players and Scotland a good place for Japanese footballers as whole … we might be opening the door to a Korea here too.
The whole way we do transfers has changed, and so has the areas we shop in.