Player Profile: Kwon Chang-Hoon
2015 has been Kwon Chang-Hoon’s breakout season for high-flying Suwon, with the midfielder becoming a regular in the Bluewings starting eleven and making his debut for the national team. Since his time in the youth team, Kwon has shown a lot of potential due to his tidy footwork and a great anticipation of the game, allowing him to use his first touch to create space for himself or turn away from opponents. He also has a good eye for a pass, and has provided some great through-balls to Suwon’s forwards this season. Kwon Chang-Hoon impressed at youth level for the national team, being a key member of the Under-20 world cup squad back in 2013. He got his break for the full national side this summer in the East Asian Cup where his impressive performances earned him praise from the Korean media and a chance to play in the World Cup qualifier against Laos. Kwon’s long range goal on thirty minutes, his first of two in that match, got him more attention, but like many Korean midfielders, it underlines his weakness for taking on long range efforts when there are better passing options available. That said, his shooting technique is more polished than many other midfielders in the K-League, and his movement in the penalty area is also impressive with a large number of his goals this season coming from headers. Kwon’s performances for the national team have drawn praise from manager Uli Stielike, and it is likely that the twenty-one year old will get plenty more chances on the international stage in the future.