Posted August. 05, 2008 04:03,
(Park) Chu-young, no need to feel a burden any longer.
Park Sung-wha, coach of Koreas Olympic soccer team, has moved scoring enigma Park Chu-young (FC Seoul) to shadow striker to restore the players confidence.
Before the team left for Beijing yesterday, the coach said, Chu-young plays really well as a striker. His only weakness is the inability to score. He has a good sense of shooting and moves well. Moreover, hes created good chances for other players. But hes rarely scored.
To release him from this psychological burden, I will play him at shadow striker, not up top.
In the teams past three friendly games, Lee Keun-ho (Daegu FC) and Shin Yeong-rok (Suwon Samsung) have scored, but not Park Chu-young.
Coach Park could have chosen to bench Park Chu-yong, but apparently could not ignore the players passing and shooting. The coach has worked with Park Chu-young since the U-20 level.
In games versus Côte d`Ivoire and Australia, Park Chu-young caught passes from midfielders and fed other players. Though he failed to score, he took good shots.
A shadow striker stays between forwards and midfielders, passes the ball to either flank, and shoots when he has a chance. Given Park Chu-youngs dull performance in recent games, this could be a good change for him.
After training at Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium yesterday, the coach gave the player a vote of confidence, saying, Park will definitely overcome his recent difficulties. He might have prepared something for the Olympics.
Park Chu-young could also take free kicks instead of Kim Seung-yong (Gwangju Sangmu), who has a cartilage injury between his ribs.
We have yet to practice set pieces, Coach Park said. But well begin set piece training and have Park (Chu-young) take free kicks.
Park Chu-young is known for making free kicks for both the national team and FC Seoul.