Shanghai Shenhua making double signing


Big moves are all the rage this week in Shanghai as city rivals signed Arnautovic, Shanghai Shenhua made a double signing to bolster their attack. This was seen with Kim Shin-Wook coming in from Jeonbuk and El Shaarawy from Roma. Hopefully, both players grow their hair again and this is not the last of the Mohicans (hair pictured below). 

Shanghai Shenhua needs this to pay off

The club that is seen by many as the second side in the city has a big footballing history some great and some well not so good. They do though have a big loyal fan base and with the side sitting third bottom of the CSL currently the whole club is in need of a lift.

The goals this season have really dried up also with the side having only scored 18 goals in 16 matches this season. It should be pointed out too that five of those came in one match when they beat relegation rivals Beijing Renhe 5-1.

A major reason for the lack of goals and wins in recent weeks is due to the absence of Nigerian Odion Ighalo. This is seen with the team picking up just the one win in the seven matches he's missed since May due to injuries and the African Nations Cup.

What will these players bring?

In the case of Kim Shin-Wook from Jeonbuk Motors, the club have not made such a huge financial gamble. Although with the 31-year-old coming towards the end of his career and in general he is pretty inconsistent it will be interesting to see what he can offer the club. 

In truth, I think he can still bring a lot to the team and could be a bigger influence than he looks on first glance. As at 196cm he is a giant of a man and will cause defenders issues with crosses into the box. 

He can additionally score with his feet and is not afraid to get stuck in, this was seen when last season he covered at centre half with his team short on defenders. Give him a chance and I think he can at least match Ighalo seven goals so far this season. 
Then with Stephan El Shaarawy, this signing is on a whole other level, as this is a player who played most of his football in Italy's top flight. Then while Shin-Wook has played for his country he's not been overly convincing for them while El Shaarawy has 23 caps for Italy. 

The 26-year-old then if he comes with the right attitude could be a huge player and really help his club up the league. 
I hope they both do well too as if you ever had any doubt that the passion was real in Chinese football check out the Chinese football podcast where they record on a train with Shanghai Shenhua fans heading to an away match. It gives you a real taste of the passion for the game in China and is a great example of despite the money that's talked about in the league there's a lot more to Chinese football. 

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