Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 1:22pm

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle delighted at return of ‘outstanding’ Chung-Yong Lee

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle delighted at return of ‘outstanding’ Chung-Yong Lee

By John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has expressed his happiness at seeing young South Korean midfielder Chung-Yong Lee’s recent return from injury.  

The Trotters were relegated from the Premier League last season after an 11-year period in the English top flight, and Lee was confined to just two cameo substitute appearances at the end of the season.

After a successful period of rehabilitation of nearly a year from a broken leg sustained in a friendly against Newport County, Coyle was delighted to see Lee back playing.

Speaking to Wanderers website after a friendly against Falkirk on Wednesday evening, Coyle said: “I think Chung-Yong Lee, game by game, continues to get better as he's an outstanding player at any level. 

"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.”

Lee, 24, had a promising first two seasons in English football before his unfortunate injury, and was thus unable to contribute averting the Wanderers relegation to the Football League Championship.   

After seeing the South Korean adopt a new position just behind striker Kevin Davies in the 1-1 friendly draw with Falkirk, Coyle is excited by the versatility shown by his young midfield talent.

He said: “Chung-Yong Lee could play anywhere as 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.

"We know we have terrific offensive players and 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." 

Regarding the transfer market, Coyle has thus far brought in three fresh faces to the Reebok Stadium − Matt Mills, Keith Andrews and Andy Lonergan – and has not ruled out more additions to his squad should circumstances allow.

Coyle said: “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, and we continue to look to add to the squad."

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