There will be an increased South Korean influence in the Women’s Super League next season following the announcement that forward Lee Geum-min has signed for Manchester City.
The 25-year-old has moved to City from Gyeongju KHNP on a two-year deal, joining compatriots Chelsea’s Ji-So Yun and West Ham’s Cho So-Hyun in England.
Read on as we look at what the trio bring to the WSL.
Lee Geum-min – Manchester City
The forward started her career at youth level with Hyundai Info-Tech HS and Ulsan College, before signing for Seoul in 2015.
She scored 26 goals in 57 appearances to secure a move to Gyeongju KHNP and her impressive form there brought her to City’s attention.
Geum-min represented South Korea extensively at junior level, helping her country win tournaments at U16, U17 and U19 level.
She has since gone on to establish herself at senior level, scoring 16 goals in 54 international appearances.
Geum-min’s technical ability should allow her to shine in the WSL and she is likely to be a key player for City this season.
Ji So-Yun – Chelsea
So-Yun recently committed her long-term future to Chelsea, penning a new three-year deal that will take her through to 2022.
The 28-year-old has an impressive strike rate from midfield, scoring 56 goals in 136 appearances for the Blues in all competitions.
She helped Chelsea win the WSL and FA Women’s Cup double in in 2014/15 and 2017/18, and was an impressive performer in the club’s European run last term.
So-Yun bagged nine goals in 30 appearances in all competitions last season, including a stunning free-kick against Lyon in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
She was named in the PFA’s Team of the Year and will undoubtedly be an important part of Chelsea’s push for silverware during the upcoming campaign.
Cho So-hyun – West Ham United
The South Korea captain joined the Hammers from Avaldsnes IL back in January and has already made a huge impact with the London club.
The midfielder helped the club reach the FA Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty in a shoot-out victory over Reading in their last four tie.
The 31-year-old enjoyed plenty of success in her homeland before heading to Europe and is widely considered to be one of South Korea’s finest ever players.
She made her international debut back in 2007 and has since gone on to make over 120 appearances for her country.
So-hyun played well at this summer’s World Cup in France and is expected to amongst West Ham’s top performers this term.
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