Bad World Cup show will not improve Bolton Wanderers' hopes of cashing in on Chung-Yong Lee

NOT IMPRESSED Chung-Yong Lee’s qualities seem more suited to the Premier League than the Championship

NOT IMPRESSED Chung-Yong Lee’s qualities seem more suited to the Premier League than the Championship

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THE World Cup was meant to be a stage for Chung-Yong Lee to showcase his footballing skills; how sad that he fluffed his lines.

Despite the best efforts of commentators on both terrestrial channels, it seems unlikely that the winger’s efforts in Brazil have attracted any new potential buyers.

It is no secret that the Whites are open to offers for the 25-year-old, now in the last year of his contract. One wonders if they will get any takers this summer?

When mentioned on television in the last couple of weeks Chung-Yong’s name was routinely followed by the phrase “expected to leave Bolton” and it can be reasonably assumed that after five years at Bolton, he would be open to experiences outside the Championship.

He was definitely not alone in disappointing. Korea fancied their chances of getting out of the group but failed to build on an unspectacular opening draw with Russia.

The Koreans did get their football flowing in brief spells but paid dearly for some dreadful defending in a 4-2 defeat against Algeria and just did not have the guile or the muscle to earn anything against the Belgians.

Chung-Yong was not alone in under-performing but the fingers of blame back home in Korea are likely to point at the fact he is no longer playing in one of Europe’s top leagues, rather than his own misgivings.

Such is his fame back home in Seoul, speculation over his future has continued at ferocious pace. He continues to be linked with Premier League clubs like Hull City, Everton and Stoke despite – as any Whites regular will tell you – enjoying a fairly average year on the pitch.

Wanderers insist they have yet to receive a single concrete offer despite all the apparent attention and might now feel their best chance to make a profit on the £2.3million they paid FC Seoul in 2009 has passed.

This summer was a big chance for Chung-Yong to shine on the biggest stage of all but unlike his previous World Cup in 2010, where his energy, movement and goals marked him out as Korea’s best player, this was something completely different.

Perhaps two years in the Championship has taken its toll? Perhaps that horrific injury suffered in pre-season three years ago now is still affecting his physical or mental performance on the pitch?

One thing is for sure, the player we saw marginalised for so much of his three group matches was a far cry from the one who once lit up the Premier League.

Chung-Yong remains the most technically-gifted player in the Wanderers pack and I am convinced he would flourish in a more artisan environment like the Premier League.

But Dougie Freedman’s side look like they are in for another hard grind, and while Lee has never let anyone down for effort, he now looks like a player running close to empty.

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10:50am Sat 28 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I could not disagree with you more. I feel that the Championship has affected CYL but also the constant chopping and changing and the playing environment of the last twelve months at BWFC has not let any of the players settle into any kind of flowing performance.

You could argue that the horror injury is what is affecting CYL, but three years down the line I hardly think it is that. I think this is down to some unjust pitch-side decisions and a touch of disrespect for CYL's abilities from some sections of the stadium.

CYL has always been lightweight but from what I saw at the end of last season CYL has started to look more like the player of old jinking in and around the box and some good play down the wing ultimately pitching in with a couple of goals. He got his chances and took them.

CYL is targeted by the bigger players in the Championship, this says a lot for the on-pitch respect opposing players have for him. The set up of the Korean squad at this World Cup has been substandard to say the least, the tyoe of football being played was terrible to be honest but that was not the fault of CYL but rather the coaching staff of South Korea who have taken the South Korea side back to the 80's in my opinion.

Plus lets factor in a rather grueling Championship season... I think we will see a better CYL next season if he stays. I have said that we may need to sell him to finalize the deal for the Juke, but to be honest without a CYL on the wing, where will the crosses come from for Juke to score?

No Eagles, Mark Davis will probably get injured after two games, we have Ream but he is better pinging them over the top from the middle or along the ground through the middle. Hutton has gone back, Baps isn't cutting it.

And it remains to be seen if Moritz stays or goes, Trotter is a maybe and Danns is better left to play his own game.
I could not disagree with you more. I feel that the Championship has affected CYL but also the constant chopping and changing and the playing environment of the last twelve months at BWFC has not let any of the players settle into any kind of flowing performance. You could argue that the horror injury is what is affecting CYL, but three years down the line I hardly think it is that. I think this is down to some unjust pitch-side decisions and a touch of disrespect for CYL's abilities from some sections of the stadium. CYL has always been lightweight but from what I saw at the end of last season CYL has started to look more like the player of old jinking in and around the box and some good play down the wing ultimately pitching in with a couple of goals. He got his chances and took them. CYL is targeted by the bigger players in the Championship, this says a lot for the on-pitch respect opposing players have for him. The set up of the Korean squad at this World Cup has been substandard to say the least, the tyoe of football being played was terrible to be honest but that was not the fault of CYL but rather the coaching staff of South Korea who have taken the South Korea side back to the 80's in my opinion. Plus lets factor in a rather grueling Championship season... I think we will see a better CYL next season if he stays. I have said that we may need to sell him to finalize the deal for the Juke, but to be honest without a CYL on the wing, where will the crosses come from for Juke to score? No Eagles, Mark Davis will probably get injured after two games, we have Ream but he is better pinging them over the top from the middle or along the ground through the middle. Hutton has gone back, Baps isn't cutting it. And it remains to be seen if Moritz stays or goes, Trotter is a maybe and Danns is better left to play his own game. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 9

12:10pm Sat 28 Jun 14

BrendanJabbers says...

I didn't think he'd had that bad a World Cup, to be truthful, in context (ie, of a bad side). He's a confidence player and sometimes you can see it drain out of him, but he played well in bursts, I thought.
I didn't think he'd had that bad a World Cup, to be truthful, in context (ie, of a bad side). He's a confidence player and sometimes you can see it drain out of him, but he played well in bursts, I thought. BrendanJabbers
  • Score: 7

1:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

waynagain says...

He played a LOT better than ANY of England's players did in their games.
He played a LOT better than ANY of England's players did in their games. waynagain
  • Score: 13

12:56pm Sun 29 Jun 14

BrendanJabbers says...

Whaaa-aaat??? Burn the heretic!
Whaaa-aaat??? Burn the heretic! BrendanJabbers
  • Score: 1

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