Um Won-sang (24), the “Pearl” of Ulsan Hyundai, has been steep from the beginning of the season. 2 goals in 2 consecutive games, already scored the 2nd goal of the season.
Eom Won-sang scored an equalizer in the K-League 1 opening game against Jeonbuk Hyundai on the 25th of last month, leading the team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory, and also scored the winning goal in an away game against Gangwon FC on the 5th. The ‘defending champion’ Ulsan broke through Gangwon’s fierce challenge to break the ’11-year winless jinx’ and won 1-0, continuing a fresh start with two wins.
Eom Won-sang moved to Ulsan from Gwangju FC last year. In his first year, he had 12 goals-6 assists and 18 offensive points. It was his most goals and assists in a season since making his professional debut in 2019. In Ulsan, he recorded the most points in the team and took the lead in winning the K-League for the first time in 17 years.
In the 2023 season, Um Won-sang returned more splendidly. He said, “I think assists are better besides theatrical goals. He seems to help the team more,” but he fell in love with the fixer role. Director Hong Myung-bo was also pleased. He is also confident of greater growth this season. Coach Hong said, “I worked hard last season, but as a result, I couldn’t participate in the World Cup. This season, there is the A national team and the Asian Games. It will motivate me. I think I will grow even more if I go at this pace now.” Expected.
Um Won-sang was unable to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which marked the first time in 12 years that he had advanced to the round of 16. He fell off the final entry boundary. He was also deeply regretful. He himself said it was a painful experience. But he wasn’t frustrated. “It hurts, but it’s another experience. I will prepare for the next World Cup.”
The Hangzhou Asian Games are also waiting. The Hangzhou Games, which were scheduled to be held last year, were postponed for a year and will be held this year. Recently, as the participation age was confirmed as ’24 years old or younger’ born in 1999, the door was opened for Um Won-sang. Already in January, he said, “I don’t know what the age limit will be, but I just think I should always do well with the determination to go to the Hangzhou Asian Games,” and he has kept that promise from the first button. 먹튀검증
Eom Won-sang, who has an introverted personality, does not reveal himself at all. Even after the war in Gangwon, she was embarrassed, saying, “It’s a little hard to say that she has developed herself. Her hyungs are a big part of helping her. I don’t think she’s doing particularly well.”
However, there is something that I felt painfully last year. Despite his perfect performance, he failed to win the ‘Best 11’ award. So, he is showing a strong desire to win the ‘Award’ this season.
Eom Won-sang said, “I am greedy for awards this year. Last year, I thought I was lacking. I am aiming to win the award by filling in the missing parts this season. That part motivates me a lot.” I’m not doing it. I’m aiming for the ‘Best 11’ midfielder part. If I perform well enough to win an award, I think I can go to the national team,” he emphasized.
When Um Won-sang starts to run, smiles spread across the fans’ faces. Expectations are rising this season as well.