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STATS: The Rise and Rise of Chung Yong Lee Under Lennon

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The Korean winger has experienced a career renaissance since the new manager arrived

Chris Brunskill

Neil Lennon's arrival to replace Dougie Freedman has undoubtedly galvanised the Bolton Wanderers fanbase.

Not only that, but the new manager has seemingly resurrected the career of Korean star Chung-Yong Lee who was seemingly headed for the exit door with nowt but a whimper.

Moved into a central attacking role, the winger has excelled and shown us just what a good player he still is.

As reported this morning on the always-excellent Dan Coombs blog, the numbers do not lie:

Lee Chung-Yong under Neil Lennon

Goals

Assists

Key Passes per game

Passing Accuracy

Dribbles per game

Ball Recovery per game

Successful Final Third Passes per game

1

1

2

85%

0.8

6.4

14.8

Lee Chung-Yong under Dougie Freedman

Goals

Assists

Key Passes per game

Passing Accuracy

Dribbles per game

Ball Recovery per game

Successful Final Third Passes per game

0

0

1.2

83%

0.9

6.9

8.7

Lennon's arrival has seen Chungy net his first goal of the season and provide his first assist (even though they don't matter) which, given his creative instincts is nothing short of a crime and really does point to how he was restricted under the former manager.

We all know that his contract supposedly expires this summer and it would be a huge shame if we lost him just as he was starting to come back to the player we all know that he can be.

As Dan's blog says, since Lennon came in, CYL now creates an average of two chances per game, in comparison to 1.2 previously along with him making 14.8 successful passes per game on average, far more than the 8.7 per match he did under Dougie.

With the derby against Wigan Athletic on the horizon, CYL will again be looking to continue his recent good form and with the above numbers in mind it's hard to see him not being a key member of the Bolton side.