Can Park chu young revitalize fc seoul?
2010 must’ve felt like a good season for both Park Chu-Young and FC Seoul. Park was hitting some of the best form of his career for Monaco whereas Seoul were busy completing a K-League and league cup double. Recently though, both FC Seoul and Park Chu-Young have fallen on hard times. Around this time last year, we wondered whether a loan spell at championship side Watford could help Park find his shooting boots. However, it transpired that he couldn’t even break into the Watford side. Quite a dramatic fall from when Arsenal and at-the-time French champions Lille were competing for his signature in 2011. Watford didn’t represent the nadir of Park’s career though. That only occurred last month when he was released from Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab after only managing seven games and one goal in his time there. Despite the disasterous turn Park’s career has taken since he joined Arsenal, there is still a top class striker somewhere beneath the surface. Having scored consistently in Ligue 1 with Monaco, and internationally with the Korean national team, Park has quality. If FC Seoul’s fans can get behind him, he might be able to regain his confidence and rediscover some of the form that made Arsene Wenger interested in him in the first place. Homecomings aside, Seoul could be a very good fit for Park Chu-Young. Both Al-Shabab and Watford already had established strikers which made it difficult for an off-form Park to force his way into the team. FC Seoul on the other hand struggled for goals last season and have desperately needed a quality striker to replace Damjanovic ever since he left for Jiangsu Sainty. Off the pitch, Seoul also need a big name signing to show that they are still a real force in Asian football. Over the last few seasons they have lost key players to the Chinese Super League, and with Seoul E-Land’s entrance into Korean football this year, they have some serious competition to deal with if they want to remain Seoul’s premier club in the future. Park Chu Young’s signing may be a win-win situation in this regard, both on and off the pitch for FC Seoul, and as a chance for Park Chu-Young to regain his reputation as one of Korea’s top footballers.
By Steve Price
By Steve Price