Following his departure from Crystal Palace last month by mutual consent, Jordon Mutch has escaped into the footballing wilderness where he will now turn out for South Korean side Gyeongnam.
The 27-year-old completed the move to the K League 1 runners up after just 40 appearances in four uninspiring years at Selhurst Park and now hopes to reignite his Korea on the peninsula.
Greatest thing about that picture is that Jordon Mutch is the worst player in it :0)
— MJ (@DizzeeStardust) February 11, 2019
The English midfielder has been shipped out on loan in recent seasons at Reading and in the MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps and was the reported targeted of a host of Championship clubs in January.
Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United were both said to be among the clubs who were considering signing the former Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers midfielder – but instead Mutch opted for the slightly bemusing route of Korean league football.
Why the obsession with Jordon Mutch? He came, he went, so long.
— Steve F (@UpperTierSteve) February 11, 2019
Bet his new bosses weren’t impressed with his ripped trousers/workboots combo
— Tim Unwin (@t_unwin) February 11, 2019
Gyeongnam have not disclosed the details of his contract, but have confirmed that he will wear the number 80 shirt – two more than his total appearances in England’s top flight.
Maybe a little surprisingly, K-League fans up and down the country were buoyed by the news of an ex-Premier League player embracing the league – even playing a bizarre game of ‘guess who?’ on Twitter with the player blatantly revealed in the text below.
Google’s translate facility may have been a bit too generous for the midfielder – who was announced by the club’s official website as ‘an authentic Premier League player [who] joins.’
But fans were quick to point out the delight beaming from Much’s face at the official unveiling of the player.
Gyeongnam’s nickname is reported as being ‘The Fisters’ which explains the rather unconventional and slightly awkward Anthony Joshua-esque clenched fists.