Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fulham Still Courting Strikers

As talks with Watford and the MLS for strikers Marlon King and Eddie Johnson seem to have stalled, Fulham Manager Roy Hodgson continues to look for scoring threats, evaluating South Korean International Cho Jae-jin in training this past week.

Cho, a 27 year-old-striker has made an impression in the J-League according to Hodgson.
Cho is the latest South Korean footballer to knock on the doors of English football. Seongnam Chunma midfielder Kim Doo-hyun is also in talks with Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

Should he land in Fulham, Cho becomes the fifth South Korean international featured in the Premiership, joining Seol, Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung, Tottenham defender Lee Young-pyo and Middlesbrough forward Lee Dong-gook.

Aside of the Spurs' Lee, none of the Koreans are getting regular minutes, but Cho is a good bet to leave an impression right away, considered clearly a superior talent to either Seol or Middlesbrough's Lee.

The athletic, 1.85-meter striker is regarded for his ability to win balls in air and keep possession in traffic, making him a constant frontline predator and a terror for defenders in set pieces.
Frankly, I don't know anything about Cho, but any threat to score is helpful as Hodgson looks for a way out of the relegation zone.

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