Lee Chung-Yong relishing central role

Korean spoke to ex-Celtic players Ki Sung-Yueng and Cha Du-Ri following Neil Lennon's appointment

Lee Chung-Yong says he is relishing his new central midfield role under new Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon.

In the new manager’s first three games in charge – two wins, one defeat - the Korean international has impressed in a central attacking role.

Following his appointment Lennon spoke of his excitement of working with Lee.

And after a positive opening three games Lee spoke of his delight at his recent form.

“I think I will play more centrally from now and I’m enjoying it,” he said. “I’ve played there in the past so I’m familiar with the position.

“I can help with team more when we attack. I’m happy to play anywhere for the team and it’s good to be playing full matches.

“It hasn’t been long since the manager came to the club, but everyone is enjoying training and the football we are playing. 

“He has high expectations of me and the team, so it’s up to us not to let him down.

“We haven’t been playing badly and this little run of results is something we can build on to climb the table. We know we have room for improvement but it is still early in the season.”

Lennon had previously worked with Korean players Ki Sung-Yueng and Cha Du-Ri during his time at Celtic, and Lee says he spoke to the pair about the manager’s methods following his appointment at BL6. 

“I’ve talked to Ki Sung-Yueng and Cha Du-Ri (now at Swansea City and FC Seoul respectively), who played under the manager at Celtic, and they only had good things to say.

“They were happy he came to Bolton and said he will help me flourish as a player. It was great to hear them say what a great manager he is and how they thought Bolton will benefit a lot with him.

“I think his CV speaks for itself as well. The atmosphere in the dressing room is really positive.”

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