Jung Jo-Gook completes Auxerre switch
Auxerre coach Jean Fernandez has got his hands on the striker he so desired after South Korean international Jung Jo-Gook signed a two-and-a-half year deal in Burgundy.
The 26 year-old, who has twelve caps and four goals for his country, was out of contract with last year’s K-League champions FC Seoul. He will provide cover in attack in the continued absence due to a knee injury of Ireneusz Jelen, but is expected to be the AJA’s only signing of the January window. He becomes the third South Korean player to ply his trade in Ligue 1, following in the footsteps of Monaco’s Park Chu-Young and Nam Tae-Hee at Valenciennes.
“People will ask questions about the adaptation of an Asian player in Europe,” admitted Fernandez. “He has scored goals in Korea, but will he do the same in France? Ligue 1 is a different thing altogether. I have seen numerous videos of him, though, and he has impressed me. I have also sent scouts to watch him in Korea on two occasions, and he impressed them too. “
“He has the same profile as Jelen. He is an attacker that likes to drop deep. He is very athletic, quick and gets goals. He is in great shape physically, will run all day and will work well for the team.”
The player, who will be accompanied by an interpreter although he does speak good English, was initially expected to travel to Qatar with the South Korean squad for this month’s Asian Cup. However, he has been released and instead joins up with his new club straight away.