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Coyle Encouraged With Chung-Yong Form

27 July 2012

Owen Coyle says he has been buoyed with what he has seen from Chung-Yong Lee in pre-season

Owen Coyle says he has been buoyed by Chung-Yong Lee's early pre-season form, particularly after his third outing at Falkirk on Wednesday evening.

The South Korean star is keen to make up for lost time after breaking his leg almost exactly a year ago in a friendly at Newport County.

Aside from cameo substitute appearances in the final two league matches against West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, the entire 2011/12 season was a write-off for the former FC Seoul man who spent full the campaign undergoing his rehabilitation work.

Against the Bairns in midweek, the 24-year-old looked particularly sprightly and even occupied an unfamiliar central role, playing just off the captain Kevin Davies.

And Coyle believes that he could have plenty of options this season, given the attacking players at his disposal.

Coyle said: "I think Chung-Yong Lee, game by game, continues to get better. He's an outstanding player at any level.

"Chung-Yong Lee could play anywhere. He's so intelligent on a football level and it was good to see him in there because he's very clever on the ball.

"He knows the positions to take up and, of course, that's one of the things you look at in the pre-season because it affords you that opportunity to do so.

"I thought Martin Petrov showed a lot of glimpses on Wednesday night and Chris Eagles scored a wonderful goal.

"We know we have terrific offensive players. What we have to do is add that to the mix and make sure we're working hard off the ball in the right shape and, when we get it, go and play."

Coyle has made three summer recruits so far, adding Matt Mills, Keith Andrews and Andy Lonergan to his squad.

And he has revealed that he is still on the lookout for other additions.

"We continue to look to add to the squad," Coyle said.

"Again, availability, finances, a lot of things come in to it, but we certainly want to add to the squad we've got and that's what we're looking to do.

"We've got strength in depth with the quality in the squad but we'll be continuing to monitor the market, as they say."


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