Bundes Liga Division1 club Augsburg loaned Koo Ja-cheol in Jan 2012 and Ji dong-won in Jan 2013. After loaned Koo Ja-cheol and Ji Dong-won , Augsburg has succeeded survival of Bundes Liga Division1. Augsburg scouted another Korean player, in 1st September 2013.
The player is Jeju United and Korea national team center back Hong Jeong-ho. This scout is different from Koo and Ji's case. Hong Jeong-ho‘s case is not loaned but transfer.
Hong signed 4 years contract and the meaning of 4 years contract is that Augsburg acknowledged his ability.
And recent conditions of Augsburg is the reason of Hong's scout. Augsburg shows lacking in defense, especially center defense shows lacking. So Augsburg wanted to scout center back and contraced with Hong Jeong-ho.
Hong Jeong-ho recognized to good defense when he was Korea U-20 national team. But last year he suffered knee injury, so he has not played for 1 year. If he had not suffered knee injury, he should have participate to 2012 London Olympic.
In July 2013. New Korea national tema manager Hong Myung-bo picked Hong Jeong-ho. And He showed good defense at East Asian cup and friendly match with Peru. Because of this activities, he succeeded contract of Augsburg.
And Augsburg expects great things from Hong Jeong-ho. What does Hong Jeong-ho show at Augsburg?
Koo Ja-cheol and Ji Dong-won, Augsburg loanded two Korean player last 2 seasons, were striker and midfielder. So they recorded a lot of goals and Augsburg has succeeded survival of Bundes Liga Division1.
But Hong Jeong-ho's position is center back. So his first duty is that he shows good defense and leeds Augsburg's defense line.
Center back sometimes records goal when Augsburg gains free kick or coner kick. So he sometimes must recorded goal when Augsburg gains free kick or coner kick.
And Hong Jeong-ho must show other thing. center back, especially Korean center back never played at UEFA big league team. Of course Korean defender Lee young-pyo and Park Joo-ho have player at UEFA big league team. But their position are left-back.
Because of it, Hong Jeong-ho must showd that Korean center back has competitiveness. If he shows competitiveness then many Korean center back player EUROPE league.
Korea national team center back Hong Jeong-ho. He must play a central roal of Augsburg's survival of Buneds Liga Division1 like Koo Ja-cheol and Ji dong-won.