It’s time to make a choice.
Hwang Ui-jo, 31, who plays professional soccer for FC Seoul, joined the club on loan in February. After Hwang In-beom (Olympiakos) last year, Seoul also signed Hwang on a six-month short-term loan.
Hwang hoped to use the short-term loan as a springboard to return to Europe. He left Girondins Bordeaux (France) for Nottingham Forest (England) in the summer transfer window last year. He was immediately loaned out to Olympiakos (Greece). However, life in Greece was not easy. He didn’t get much playing time. In 12 official appearances, he managed to score no goals and register one assist. He also struggled at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The end of the World Cup didn’t change his position in the team. Hwang considered a loan move. MLS teams were interested, but he preferred the familiarity. A short-term loan to Seoul was the best way to get back to Europe. Playing in the familiarity of the K League gave him time to recover his form. Last year, Hwang In-beom used a short-term loan with Seoul to make the transition to Europe.
Hwang played 14 games for Seoul this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists. While the goals didn’t come as often as he would have liked, he was consistently given chances up front. He contributed a lot to the team with his link-up play and ball-keeping. He played a lot of roles for the national team 안전놀이터.
Time has passed and the end of his contract is approaching. Hwang could part ways depending on his choice. Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo said, “The first thing is to respect the player’s opinion. “It’s natural that he wants to play for a big club in Europe. There is an expectation of staying. It would be nice if we were a priority, but we can’t force it.”
There was also no discussion about his future. “In some ways, (the process) can be a burden on the player,” Ahn said. It can also take away their happiness for the day,” Ahn said, adding, “We have to focus on giving our fans a good show.”
Hwang added: “It seems like time is flying by. I don’t know yet. The first goal is for Seoul to be a team that can compete at a really high level.”