Neil Lennon excited by Lee Chung-Yong ability

Manager believes South Korean midfielder has a key role to play in his side

Neil Lennon says ‘his heart skipped a beat’ after seeing Lee Chung-Yong in training for the first time.

The South Korean midfielder returned from international duty and linked up with his team-mates and the new manager on Thursday at Euxton.

And for the weekend’s game at Birmingham Lee was deployed in a central midfield role and impressed with both his technical and physical approach to the game.

“We’ve got a very good player in Lee Chung-Yong,” Lennon told “Technically, he was a cut above the rest on the pitch at Birmingham.

“When I saw him in training for the first time my heart skipped a beat. We have a fantastic player at our club.

“I worked with a few South Korean players at Celtic who were also technically very good and Chungy is exactly the same.

“I know he’s had a very bad injury a few seasons back and has been able to return from that. People will say that will always be in the back of his mind, but his physical performance at Birmingham was excellent.

“He’s a proper football and he was the one making us tick on the day. The more we can get him involved in our attacking play the better.” 
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