Stats: Bolton Wanderers' Lee Chung-Yong under Lennon vs Freedman

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Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has freed Lee Chung-Yong to attack at Bolton, who are seeing the benefit.

Neil Lennon has been manager at Bolton for almost a month now, and has helped the Trotters win three of their last six games.

The fact they still sit in the relegation zone says everything about the end of the unsuccessful Dougie Freedman era at the club, with the once feted Crystal Palace boss failing to deliver on expectations, and at a loss as to how to put results right.

One of the key factors in Bolton's mini-revival of late, has been the return to form of Lee Chu-Yong, who has been freed up to attack by his new boss.

Chu-Yong has now played five games under Lennon, in comparison to 10 under Freedman, and there is a marked difference in a couple of key areas in his play.

Lee Chu-Yong under Neil Lennon

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes per gamePassing AccuracyDribbles per gameBall Recovery per gameSuccessful Final Third Passes per game
Lee Chung-Yong 1 1 2 85% 0.8 6.4 14.8

Lee Chu-Yong under Dougie Freedman

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes per gamePassing AccuracyDribbles per gameBall Recovery per gameSuccessful Final Third Passes per game
Lee Chung-Yong 0 0 1.2 83% 0.9 6.9 8.7

Chu-Yong has scored his first Championship goal, and created his first, under Lennon's management, and looks a far more dangerous player.

He creates an average of two chances per game, in comparison to 1.2 previously, but perhaps the most noticeable difference comes in the way he is allowed to get forward.

Under Lennon, Chu-Yong is far more active in the final third of the pitch, making 14.8 successful passes per game on average, far more than the 8.7 per match he did when Dougie Freedman was boss.

The South Korean was once a real force in the Premier League for Bolton, and if it were not for injury he could easily have been signed up by another team by now.

If Bolton are to continue their success, getting the cult hero to continue what he has been doing over the last five matches is a good place to start.

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