Kim Young-gwon was the scorer of South Korea’s first goal against Germany as the game trundled into stoppage time, and his popularity has never been as high as it is since toe punting that ball into the back of the German net from around 3 yards out.
He has become a hero in Mexico for helping them get out of the group stage, is possibly disliked in Germany and now he wants to use this newfound popularity to try and push through a transfer to Europe. It’s unknown if there is actually any interest or if he is just trying to use his new found fame in his favour, and who can blame him for that.
Where does Kim Young-gwon currently play his club football?
Kim Young-gwon currently plays in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evangrande who are perpetually at the top of the CSL. Kim occupies the one foreigner spot that is available to nations from the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) zone.
According to Transfermarkt.com Kim’s contract runs until 30.06.2019 and he currently looks to be a bargain for a European team with his market value being rated at a mere €850,000. In today’s market where bang average players cost 10 million then Kim offers great value.
Is it now or never?
Kim won’t have a better time than now for putting his name in the shop window of European teams, and I wouldn’t bet against one of the so-called ‘smaller’ clubs from Germany Holland or Belgium making an offer for Kim.
If he moves to a relatively small European club, this could be used as a stepping stone for him to get to an even higher level if it all goes well, like previous East Asian players have in the past. Similar players to transfer to Europe like this have been Park Ji-sung and Maya Yoshida. What is clear is it could be a case of now or never for Kim to make a move to a European club.
Kim is definitely hoping the attention he has received through that goal, which will go down in South Korean football history will attract a European club to give him the transfer move he desires.