Newcastle are being linked with a 19 year-old striker from North Korea.
Jong Il-Gwan – playing against Japan for North Korea
The player is Jong Il-Gwan, and there is not much information on the youngster, as may be expected.
He was born in October of 1992 somewhere in North Korea, and he currently plays as a striker for Rimyongsu in the DPR Korea League.
Jong also plays for the North Korean national side, so he must be good to play for the full Korean side at only 19 years old.
In November of 2011 he is reported to have been named the AFC Youth Player of the Year, and from what we can tell he has played 13 times for North Korea, and made his debut for them some time last year.
We suppose Newcastle could have scouted him playing for the North Korean National side, since we cannot see Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr going to watch him in his home country – he may never get out again.
This is a rumor doing the rounds on Twitter, but the news is also being reported on some web-sites.
Jong Il-Gwan – celebrating scoring a goal
We also wouldn’t be too surprised if there is some truth in it, as Newcastle seem to be combing the globe for good young players, but if the youngster would be allowed to leave North Korea and move to Tyneside, but there are already North Koreans playing outside their home country.
The teenager can play on the left, right or in the middle, and his pace and acceleration gives him lots of advantages when he is near goal.
The 19 year-old is said to be one of the best young players in Asia, and he starred in the Asian U-19 championship only last year, scoring five goals including a great hat trick against Australia.
And the news is that more North Koreans are looking to play their football overseas, and perhaps it would be possible for Newcastle to bring this lad to Tyneside.
We wonder if he’ll like the tripe and onions? 😀
Here’s some video of the lad in action.