One of the hottest players on the Suwon Samsung team right now is Kim Joo-chan. In his debut season in the K League this year, the 2004-born striker scored back-to-back goals against Ulsan Hyundai and Gangwon FC to prove that he has the qualities of a ‘supernova’.
For Suwon Samsung, new faces have been emerging in the last three seasons. In 2021, 2002-born Jung Sang-bin shook things up, in 2022, 2001-born Oh Hyun-gyu came to the rescue with his presence, and in 2023, 2004-born Kim Joo-chan shows signs of following in the footsteps of Jung and Oh.
What all three players have in common is their unorthodox performances. Regardless of how much time they spent in the pros, they always moved the ball confidently on the field. Jeong Sang-bin sprinted for space, 카지노사이트 Oh Hyun-gyu barged forward, and Kim Joo-chan stood out with his dribble development, often leaving opposing defenders flustered and open.
Suwon Samsung senior Ko Seung-bum recently shared an anecdote about Kim Joo-chan.
“Actually, when I was a rookie, it was hard for me to approach my older brothers, but Joo Chan is different. About two weeks ago, he came to me and said, ‘Seung-bum, I’m having trouble with this part of your football. I need your help,'” he said. It’s not easy to approach someone like that. In a way, I should have been the one to go and talk to him, but seeing him come to me first and make the effort made me think a lot. Most of all, I thought, “This guy is ready to succeed.””
Kim’s secret to success is that he tries his best not only on the field but also off it. The courage to go to his older brother and ask for advice, even if it was difficult, in order to get one more point, was something that Ko Seung-bum appreciated not only for his skills but also for his unseen efforts. He also said, “It’s amazing.”
Jung Sang-bin, Oh Hyun-kyu, and Kim Joo-chan had one thing in common: their proactivity. “I used to be an introvert,” said Ko Seung-bum, “but as I’ve watched them grow up, I’ve noticed that outgoing players seem to succeed. If you think about it, Joo Chan, Sang Bin, and Hyun Kyu are very bold. They have their own pride, so they work harder, and that hard work brings success. You can’t help but look good,” he said, referring to a trait that runs through the stars produced by Suwon Samsung.
The three players mentioned have been growing steadily. Sang-bin has been developing his skills in Europe and recently in the United States, while Oh Hyun-gyu has found a home at the prestigious Scottish club Celtic. Both have already earned caps for the South Korean national team. Kim Joo-chan also has a lot of potential for growth in the future. Kim’s potential was also recognised by Suwon Samsung head coach Kim Byung-soo. It will be interesting to see how and how much the young stars of Suwon Samsung will grow in the future.