EPL Wolverhampton signs K-League winger Jeong Sang-bin

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-29 11:47:22
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▲ This photo, a captured image from the Grasshopper Club Zurich website, shows Jeong Sang-bin. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, Jan. 29(Yonhap) -- Wolverhampton Wanderers of the English Premier League (EPL), where S. Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan belongs to, has signed S. Korean international winger Jeong Sang-bin(20) from K-League outfit Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Jeong will get his first taste of European football by joining Grasshopper Club Zurich on a loan.

Wolverhampton said through its website on Jan. 28(KST), "We have signed South Korean international winger Jeong Sang-bin. The 19-year old has headed to Grasshopper Club Zurich on loan to continue his development.” Grasshoppers also announced the recruitment of Jeong on loan along with his photo.

It is the 15th time in history that a South Korean player has signed an EPL team. However, the player will officially take the EPL stage after joining Grasshoppers on a loan.

▲ This photo, a captured image from the Wolverhampton website, shows Jeong Sang-bin. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Jeong Sang-bin first goes to Grasshoppers because of his work permit in EPL. A player who is not from the European Union (EU) needs to get a work permit to play in the EPL, but Jung, who has not yet played in the national team or his team, cannot meet the conditions, leading him to first gain experience at the Grasshopper Club Zurich.

Jeong Sang-bin, who graduated from Maetan high school of Suwon Samsung, showed a rapid development after joining the professional team under a semi-professional contract in 2020, when he was a senior in high school.

He played two matches of Asian Football Confederation(AFC) Champions League(ACL) in 2020, which was for the first time as a high school K-League player, and scored 6 goals and 2 assists while playing in 28 games in the K-League during the 2021 season, when he went straight to the Proleague with Suwon's nomination.

Jeong got a nickname “Korea’s Mbappé” as he showed strengths in strong pressure and breakthrough skills.

With the choice of Paulo Bento, the head coach of the national team, Jeong made his A match debut in June, 2021, as a substitute for the second Group H match (5-0 victory) in the Asian qualifying round of 2022 Qatar World Cup against Sri Lanka and even scored his debut goal.

Wolverhampton, a team where Gyeongnam FC coach Seol Ki-hyeon played from 2004 to 2006 when he was a player, recently signed Hwang Hee-chan, who was in Leipzig, Germany, on loan, and also recruited Jeong Sang-bin to continue the relationship with South Korean players.


▲ This photo, a captured image from the official twitter account of Wolverhampton, shows Jeong Sang-bin. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Wolverhampton also posted a supportive message in Korean on Twitter, saying, "Jeong Sang-bin, GO!" along with a photo of him from the previous matches in Suwon and the national team.

Grasshopper Club Zurich, where Jeong Sang-bin will be playing first, ranks No. 6 among 10 Swiss Super League teams in the 2021-2022 seasons as of Jan. 29.



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