Player #862

Appearances:

47

Starts:

43

Goals:

0

Seasons:

4

Jores Okore
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Jores Okore

Position

Centre Back

From

2013-14

To

2016-17

IMAGE CREDIT

Jores Okore

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

21
22
23
24

Division

PL
PL
PL
CH

Appearances

47
4
28
14
1

Starts

43
3
26
13
1

Substitute

4
1
2
1
0

Unused

16
1
7
7
1

Goals

0
0
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Tetchi Jores Charlemagne Okore

Birth Date

Tuesday, 11 August 1992

Birth Place

Abidjan

Birth Country

Ivory Coast

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

FC Nordsjaelland

From

For

£4,230,000

On

Monday, 1 July 2013

Previous Clubs

2011-13 FC Nordsjælland |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

FC Copenhagen

For

Free

On

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Subsequent Clubs

2016-17 FC Copenhagen, Free |
2017-20 Aalborg Boldspilklub, £509k |

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2013-17 Aston Villa, £4.23m, 43 (4) | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Paul Lambert |
Tim Sherwood |
Rémi Garde |
Roberto Di Matteo |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Debut Appearance

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Chelsea (a), Premier League

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Luton Town (a), EFL Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Honours

2014-15 FA Cup Runners Up |

Height

(6 ft) 1.83 m

Foot

Right

International Team

Denmark

Jores Okore

Player #862 for Aston Villa, Tetchi Jores Charlemagne Okore known as Jores Okore played as a centre back for the club in Villa’s 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 Premier League campaigns, with the latter ending in Villa’s first relegation from the top tier in nearly 30 years. Okore also appeared during Villa’s Football League Championship campaign of 2016-17. Okore made 47 appearances.

Okore was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 11 August 1992.

Paul Lambert had signed Jores from FC Nordsjaelland for £4,230,000 in July 2013 and his recruitment was a rare bright spot in the Lambert era. An elegant defender, Okore looked imperious at times only to disappear from the squad for extended periods including, but allegedly not limited to, regular and repeated injuries.

Okore was named in the first five squads of the 2013-14 season before succumbing to injury and being ruled out of first team contention for the remainder of the campaign. Okore had made his first appearance aged 21 as a 43’ substitute for Ciaran Clark in Villa’s 1-2 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday, 21 August 2013.

Okore then made three consecutive starts as Villa lost both Premier League games in which Okore was involved.

2014-15 began with Okore still injured and he would only return to the team on Monday, 24 November 2014 over a year since his last appearance. That however would see Okore make its longest run in the side, making in 28 appearances in 33 games including 26 starts with Okore looking a vastly improved player under Lambert’s successor Tim Sherwood as he helped Villa avoid relegation and reach the 2015 FA Cup final in which Okore led the defence for Villa aged just 22.

2015-16 saw interim manager Sherwood surprisingly kept in post and with a major, though disjointed overhaul of the squad having taken place in the close season, and Okore injured for the season start and unavailable for selection once again, there were doubts how Okore would fit into the squad on his presumed return.

However with Villa in relegation free-fall and Sherwood sacked, his successor Rémi Garde recalled Okore to the side in an effort to shore up Villa’s most porous of defences. Across Garde’s short 23 game tenure, Okore made 13 starts and 1 substitute appearance with Villa’s defensive performance initially improving with Okore in the side. Having conceded 32 goals across 17 games without Okore in the side, Okore’s first 11 appearances saw Villa concede 9. However that form was not to last and in Okore’s final 3 games of the season he conceded 10 goals before Garde resigned his position with Villa’s relegation all but sealed.

Okore then informed caretaker manager Eric Black that he wasn’t prepared to play for Villa in the final games of the 2015-16 even though Villa’s relegation was not then confirmed. In a normal environment, other than the debacle the club was then in, Okore’s behaviour would have been one of the most controversial moments in Villa’s history. Luckily for Okore people had other things on their minds at the time.

Despite his intransigence and significant question marks over his behaviour, Okore remained at the club for Villa’s 2016-17 campaign in the Football League Championship but Okore would not make an appearance in the second tier. Instead he would be handed his final appearance as a starter in Villa’s 1-3 League Cup 1st Round defeat at Luton Town on Wednesday, 10 August 2016.

Okore’s last significant action for the club was scoring an entirely unavoidable own goal in the tie.

To quote a contemporary match report:

“The Villa defender [Okore] had looked uncomfortable all night, and should have done so much better than turn the ball into his own net from a low cross when he seemed to have plenty of time.”

In May 2020 Okore was reported to be being investigated for alleged match fixing whilst playing for Aalborg Boldspilklub.

Okore was released by Villa on a free transfer on 27 August 2016 and he joined FC Copenhagen before rejoining Aalborg Boldspilklub.

Okore had played under Paul Lambert, Scott Marshall & Andy Marshall, Tim Sherwood, Rémi Garde, Eric Black and Roberto Di Matteo.