European soccer’s 10th best league wants Gwangju’s Jung Ho-yeon

European soccer’s 10th best league wants Gwangju’s Jung Ho-yeon

There are local reports that Jung Ho-yeon (23-Gwangju FC) could be on his way to one of UEFA’s top 10 leagues after winning gold at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Scottish football media outlet The Celtic Voice reported on Oct. 15 (KST) that “the club has already been linked with South Korean defensive midfielder Chung Ho-yeon,” indicating a quick move for the January 2024 transfer window.

Celtic are ranked 54th in the 2023-24 European Club Rankings and Scotland 10th in the European League Rankings. Chung fulfilled the criteria for the so-called “special military service exemption” by winning the Hangzhou Asian Games.먹튀검증

Jung Ho-yeon smiles during a training session at the Paju Training Center in preparation for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Photo courtesy of the Korea Football Association
He played in all seven games of the tournament, averaging 52.7 minutes as a defender and central midfielder, helping South Korea win gold in men’s soccer at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Chung was also linked with a move to Scotland in the summer transfer window.

In June of this year, Steven Kaciejewicz (USA) revealed that “Celtic scouts are watching the K League player”. The following month, Ewan Rothmer (GBR) also cited Jung as a player “on Celtic’s radar for reinforcements.”

Kasiewicz holds a BA in Journalism from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked in the UK as a media officer for the Scottish Football Association and a sports reporter for the daily Press and Journal. She has worked for soccer media outlet 90min UK and sports media outlet Snack Media.

Chung was recognized as the best under-23 player in February-March 2023 by the K League One Young Player of the Month award. Photo courtesy of the Korea Professional Football Association
Jung ranks third in free kicks won and tied for 12th in assists in the 2023 K League 1. His individual ability to be unstoppable without fouling and his ability to create scoring chances adds to his value as a defensive and central midfielder.

Narrowing down the list to players with more than 2,500 minutes in the Korean Premier League as of October 16, Jung is the Korean with the most free kicks per full-time minute. That’s a skill that could catch the attention of Celtic.

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