Chung-yong Lee is looking for the opportunity to be involved in the squad for the match at Everton on Saturday as he continues to push for more game time under his belt ready to push for a place in the South Koreas squad in the World Cup in Russia.
With an injury to Bakary Sako on the eve of deadline day the manager was not happy to let the midfielder go on loan in the final hours of the transfer window and now with the additional absence of Wilfried Zaha, the 29 year old could get a chance of top flight action sooner rather than later.
“In an ideal world if we had the number of players in the transfer window that we would have liked then it would have been nice to have given Chung-yong Lee a chance to move on and get a guarantee of first team football and improve his chances of playing for South Korea. When it happened that we lost Bakary Sako on the night before and then we find ourselves losing forwards rather than gaining them at the end of the transfer window it was pretty obvious we couldn’t afford the luxury of allowing him to go and get more of a guarantee of first team football because he so much closer to the first team here,” revealed Hodgson as he plans his squad for the trip to Goodison Park.
The manager is ready to give the international his opportunity when the chance comes along and believes he should be patient and wait for his chance. “He is an experienced player and one I wouldn’t hesitate to use if I thought he was the right man to do the job so I am pleased he is staying for the club but when a player signs a contract for a club they don’t just sign for the good times, but for good and the bad times. It’s a little bit of marriage and you can’t always work out it's going to be the very best for you so I don’t think we have any reason to feel any kind of recrimination with regards to him because he was the one who signed the contract and wanted to play for Crystal Palace. We then have to decide if we want him or not and in this situation with the transfer window panning out how it did we need him so he has to stay."
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