The Lee Jae-Sung update

Lee Jae-Sung in action - Liga-Zwei
Now the Asian Cup is over we all regroup with the main East Asian Leagues starting up soon. Before all of that, I thought we should look back at a promising Korean playing abroad. There are a few but this one comes in the form of Lee Jae-Sung the midfielder who signed for Holstein Kiel in the Bundesliga 2 in the summer.  

How is Lee doing 

The 26-year-old midfielder had been lighting up the K League for a few seasons with Jeonbuk Motors so it was no surprise when the player headed to Europe. I think it would be fair to say some fans in Korea where disappointed one of their top talents moved to a team in the German second tier.

Meanwhile, you can understand these fans thoughts although I think all negativity around the move ended quickly after watching him play. This was seen on Lee's debut as his side travelled to Hamburg on the opening week of the season. Then in a match, many assumed the home side would run riot in we saw Lee produce a great debut performance as he helped his side to a 3-0 win with two assists in front of 57,000.

Since that match he's gone on to play 18 times in all competitions, while he's picked up three goals and 16 assists in these matches. These kinds of stats show that he is involved in a goal in every game he plays in for his side.

Disappointment at the Asian Cup

His impressive displays would have had Bento excited and am sure he wanted to see what the player could do at the Asian Cup. Although despite a great first half of the season in Germany it was not to be a great Asian Cup for the former Jeonbuk man. 

His impressive performances that had many pundits predicting he would be one to watch at the Asian Cup. As with Son Heung-min missing the start of the tournament, it seemed like a perfect time for Lee to shine. 

The player being unable to show his talent in the UAE was not down to his work effect but due to bad luck. This was seen as in South Korea's opening match against the Philippines Lee Jae-Sung picked up a toe injury in the final minutes of the game. It was hoped he would maybe just miss one game but in the end, the injury did not heal in time and the player missed the rest of the Asian Cup. 

Back and running

After the injury at the Asian Cup Lee returned to club football this weekend as he played for his club for the first time since the 23rd December. Although due to the winter break Lee only missed two matches for his team and returned on Sunday to help his side draw with Magdeburg 1-1. It was not the most exciting game but the number 7 did play 90 minutes and looks to be back. 

The attacking player still as plenty of time to make a real impact now in the remainder of the season. Then with Holstein Kiel sitting only five points off the top there's every chance that Lee Jae-Sung will be playing in the German top flight next season. 

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