Um Ji-seong (21, Gwangju FC) was chosen as an alternative to fill the vacancy of Scotland’s top class, ranked 9th in the UEFA league rankings.
Robbie Walls (UK) argued on August 6 (Korean time), “Celtic (Scotland), ranked 53rd in the European club rankings, can forget the frustration caused by the departure of Jota (24, Portugal) by recruiting Um Ji-sung.” . The Scottish transfer window is open until September 1.
Walls has been in charge of ▲ English Premier League (EPL) Manchester United ▲ Celtic ▲ England 3rd Division Wycombe Wanderers in Britain’s ‘Snack Media’ since 2022 after passing through the soccer media 90min.스포츠토토
Jota is the 2021-22 Scottish First Division Best 11. In July 2023, he gave Celtic a transfer fee of 29.1 million euros (approximately 41.8 billion won) and left for Al Itihad (Saudi Arabia).
€29.1 million is the most money earned by a player in Celtic’s 135-year history. Celtic’s investment of 16.2 million euros (23.3 billion won) in the summer of 2022 to recruit Jota from Benfica (Portugal), 27th in the European club rankings at the time, was also the highest transfer fee ever for the club.
Walls said, “There are rumors that Um Ji-sung is moving to Celtic. He also has information obtained personally.” The British daily newspaper ‘Daily Record’ also reported that “Celtic is likely to sign a recruitment contract on the condition of leasing 2023 K League 1 Gwangju FC.”
This means that Celtic can persuade Gwangju FC to send Um Ji-sung as a loan player for the remainder of the season in Korean professional football and send him in January 2024. “By any means, Celtic can erase all memories of Jota if they bring in the ambitious Umji-seong. There is no doubt about his potential.”
The Daily Record is Scotland’s leading newspaper. “It is clear that Gwangju FC will not send Um Ji-seong to another team until the 2023 K-League 1 is over,” he said.
Jota was expected from early on such as ▲ 2016 U-17 European Championship All-Star ▲ 2018 U-19 European Championship Top Scorer ▲ 2018-19 Portugal 2nd Division Young Player Award. Plays left wing and right wing.
Um Ji-seong won the K-League 2 Young Player Award for the 2022 season. According to the official data of the Korea Professional Football Federation, free kicks per 90 minutes are 2.41, and it is ranked 5th in 2023 K League 1 over 1000 minutes. Excluding foreigners, it ranks third.
Walls introduced the record of tackles + interceptions per game, saying, “The two have a good defensive ability (based on the main position) left wing.” Jota has an average of 1.6 appearances in the 2022-23 Scottish First Division, and Um Ji-seong has similar 1.7 appearances in the 2022 K League 2.
Um Ji-sung was compared with Jack Grealish (28, Manchester City), who boasted the highest transfer fee ever for a British man, in a report prepared by PSV Academy video scout of the Dutch Eredivisie (1st division) in May of this year. The Netherlands is 5th in the European league rankings, and PSV is 41st in the European club rankings.
As a national team member, he helped advance to the quarterfinals of Korea with 1 goal and 1 assist in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In January 2022, he made his A-match debut against Iceland in a neutral zone friendly, scoring a goal in a 5-1 victory.
2023 K League 1 Free Kicks Per 90 Minutes– Players who participated in more than 1000 minutes
△1st place Sejingya (Daegu) 2.66 times
△2nd place Lee Hyeon-sik (Daejeon) 2.53 times
△3rd place Hayes (Jeju) 2.47 times
△4th place Lee Gwang-hyeok (Suwon FC) 2.45 times
△5th place Um Ji-seong (Gwangju) 2.42 times