Willian (29), a high-level side striker in his 5th year of debut in the K-League, showed his enthusiasm for a fresh start at FC Seoul.
Willian, who is in sync with his teammates in Hua Hin, Thailand, the first training ground in Seoul, said in a written interview with ‘Sports Trend’ that he was “lifting up his body step by step” and said, “I will raise my condition to 100% before the start of the season. ” he said. Willian is playing in Seoul on a one-year loan from Daejeon Hana Citizen.
He is also adapting to his first field training with coach Ahn Ik-soo, who is famous for his high training intensity. He said, “(Director Ahn’s training intensity) was already well aware,” he said. “The battery training is a difficult process not only for me but also for all players. 안전놀이터 All the players are working hard, and it is the first training with the coach, but everything is going well because he helped me well.”
Willian was active in Europe such as Portugal and Greece, and in 2019, he stepped on the K-League stage wearing the uniform of Gwangju FC, which was the second division team at the time. He scored 8 goals and 2 assists in 25 league games in his first year, and even after being promoted to K-League 1 in the 2020 season, he performed decently with 5 goals and 3 assists in 17 games. Afterwards, he moved to Gyeongnam FC and scored 11 goals and 2 assists in 27 K-League 2 matches in 2021, and left 5 goals and 4 assists in 10 matches last year. After moving to Daejeon in June during the season, he played an active role with 8 goals and 1 assist in 17 games, contributing to Daejeon’s promotion.
Willian is highly evaluated for his speed and goal-solving ability during his Brazilian-born individual. Seoul’s purpose for recruiting him is clear. strengthen attack power Seoul recruited a large number of proven offensive resources such as Willian, Hosam Iesh, Lim Sang-hyeop, and Park Soo-il only in the winter, such as Ilyuchenko, Na Sang-ho, and Kang Seong-jin. In the attack, which has always been pointed out as a weakness, Cho Young-wook’s military enlistment is considered a negative factor, but instead, abundant options are filled.
Willian can’t avoid competition either. He said, “There are many fast and good players on the offensive line in Seoul, and we have to compete well with each other for that position. I will show my technical strengths a lot.”
Willian has a strong will to challenge as much as he plays in K-League 1, which has been up for the first time in three seasons, and the prestigious Seoul in the first division. Willian said, “Playing in the K-League 1 is a great motivation. I know that playing in FC Seoul clothes is a huge responsibility.”
Seoul has not been able to escape Final B (7th to 12th) in the past three seasons. An uphill battle to avoid relegation ensues. Last season, it was ranked 9th. Willian said, “This season, I will try to make sure that Seoul can achieve good results worthy of its reputation. Its position is at the top of the league,” he said. “Thank you to the fans who always support us. Sometimes things don’t go the way we want them to, but I hope you give us a little time. We are also pouring everything from winter training to giving our fans a good present.” He continued, “I am also a player with some experience in the K-League now.” He also showed determination to fulfill his role.