Hyeon-woo Jo had an exceptional World Cup.
His South Korean national team did not.
But that will not stop potential suitors from seeking the 26-year-old goalkeeper who was named Man of the Match against Germany.
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And there will be many more. The 2014 World Cup saw names like DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT), James Rodriguez (Colombia), and Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) gain plenty of renown.
Here’s a list of names who’ve left the World Cup in the group stage but will certainly have their proverbial tires kicked.
Hyeon-woo Jo, South Korea (Daegu FC)
And he’s humble, to boot. From FIFA.com:
“I’ve never had a perfect game like this before, in my entire career, but I wasn’t saving all the shots by myself today – I thought the other goalkeepers [Kim] Seunggyu and [Kim] Jinhyeon were also giving me a hand.”
Salem Al-Dawsari, Saudi Arabia (Al-Hilal)
Didn’t see much time on loan at Villarreal this season, but clearly is a player not constrained to playing in his home country. The 26-year-old winger scored, averaged key passes per game, and threw in 2.3 interceptions per contest for good measure.
Kenneth Omeruo, Nigeria (Kasimpasa)
The center back registered an assist and played an all-around game for Nigeria. At 24, he should have plenty of suitors.
Lee Jae-sung, South Korea (Jeonbuk Hyundai)
If the 25-year-old midfielder’s status as the 2017 K-League Most Valuable Player hadn’t already raised some eyebrows, his job patrolling the center of the park certainly did the trick.
Ramin Rezaeian, Iran (Oostende)
The 28-year-old right-sided man can play right back or more advanced. He’s a bit longer-in-the-tooth in terms of prospect, but a club could do worse in adding depth.
Moussa Wagué, Senegal (Eupen)
A 19-year-old right back whose name was already popping up in the rumor mill, he’s going to be carrying even more interest after scoring against Japan.