“I’m basically a target man”, says Kim Shinwook

Kim Shinwook the giant South Korean forward who resembles Peter Crouch simply because they're both lamppost shaped, today said that he is confident South Korea can battle their way out of one of the most difficult groups at the World Cup and with good reason, South Korea have exciting attacking talent but a shaky defence. So if the attack clicks the idea would be the Keeganesque we will score more than your routine.

In the interview he stated that he started out in defensive midfield but while playing for Ulsan Hyundai there was a striker crisis so the manager at the time asked if he could ‘do a job’ and it turns out he could do a job, he was actually pretty good at lumping the ball in the back of the net, be that with his bonce or feet neither mattered it was all about the ripple of the onion bag.

After this, he never did return to play defensive midfield where let’s be honest the advantage of being a Peter Crouch shaped fella is minimalised. Now he plays up top as the main target or as a focal point to bring other players into attacks, this much he has pretty much admitted himself in the interview by saying, “I’m basically a target man and headers are my speciality, of course”, in other words – I’m a big bloke and I head balls. 

Just like when England used Crouch in Germany, Kim offers Korea a different dimension to their attack and even though he struggled to make an impact in Brazil could still prove difficult to handle for the defences he comes up against if he gets a chance. In the last few friendlies, however, Shin Tae-yong, the Korean manager has been experimenting with Hwang Hee-chan and Son Heung-min as the main strikers.

So it looks likely that Kim Shinwook will be Korea’s plan B at the finals, and it’s effectively long ball tactics but when defences are tiring and see Korea making a sub they won’t want to see a 6ft 5inch bloke climb of the bench to test them in the air and physically. It is quite possible Korea will be needing plan B considering their group, so getting the giant on isn’t the worst idea in the World.

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