Lee Chung-yong makes Crystal Palace history

Crystal Palace tasted yet another defeat, this time to Burnley, which means the Eagles have become the first club team in the Premier League to have lost their first four games of the campaign without scoring a single goal. If the pressure wasn’t already strong enough on Frank de Boer it most certainly has intensified now. However, despite the story the result tells, Palace were quite dominate but were undone by a poor decision from Lee Chung-yong who made his own history. 

If you missed it, Chung-yong was the culprit of a telegraphed pass that led to Chris Wood scoring his second goal in as many games, and the eventual winner for Burnley. Not the way you would want to mark your 100th appearance in the Premier League. Despite that, Chung-yong’s presence made him just the third South Korean player to make the century, joining Manchester United legend, Park Ji-sung and Ki Sung-yueng.

Chung-yong made the bulk of his appearances for Bolton Wanderers, but has had a limited run since joining Crystal Palace in 2015. The winger has only made two starts for the Eagles this season, and unfortunately the most noteworthy thing was his pass to Chris Wood. Over the course of his time in the Premier League he has not had the biggest impact for his respective clubs, but has had a handy contribution, especially when compared to those that have come before him.

Lee Chung-yong (App. 100)

  • Goals: 8
  • Assists: 10
  • Passes: 1814

Park Ji-Sung (App. 154)

  • Goals: 19
  • Assists: 21
  • Passes: 3238

Ki Sung-yueng (App. 141)

  • Goals: 13
  • Assists: 6
  • Passes: 6396

You can see that Chung-yong is not running far behind his countrymen in terms of overall performance. Obviously, as a winger he is not expected to make as many passes as Ji-Sung and Sung-yueng who played a larger role in midfield. The Palace attackers goal scoring certainly needs to grow, however, his ability to create goals is running on a very smooth course.

Unfortunately, for the South Korean, as we mentioned before, Frank de Boer is now under extreme pressure to put the Crystal Palace pieces back together and considering this was only Chung-yong’s second appearance and he caused the goal he may not be in the Dutchmen’s future plans. Whether or not the former Ajax manager will have the opportunity to save the Eagles is another tale altogether, but credit deserves to be given when it is due and becoming just the third player from South Korea to make a century of appearances in the Premier League is certainly warrants some credit.

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