Cardiff City Explains Kim Bo Kyung Absence
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay finally gave South Korean Kim Bo Kyung his chance during the 4-0 victory over Burnley last weekend and his decision was clearly vindicated with a confident and assured showing from the midfielder.
This was Kim`s first start, and doubts had been raised over his role with the Bluebirds having been a regular inclusion on the bench but never managing to break into the first team or even play more than a few minutes as a substitute. It was understood that Mackay was reluctant to rush the £2m signing who does not yet speak English fluently and has no experience of the Championship.
Mackay confirmed his decision to be patient was based on physical and mental factors rather than Kim`s ability and he is expected to play a big part in the rest of City`s season. Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Mackay said:
"Showing some really good stuff in terms of strength and stamina. His technical ability has never been in doubt."
"I just thought he showed some really good guile."
Kim was utilised in a wide left role, but is clearly not a flying winger. Instead he showed some cultured touches and looked comfortable in possession. He was given freedom to roam and was able to contribute centrally when he left the wing, though he did also offer an outlet on the left when required.
Despite his good performance, Kim may not be sure of keeping his place for the upcoming away clash with Bolton. A midfield four of Kim, Whittingham, Cowie and Noone is decidedly lightweight and may struggle away from home. Aron Gunnarsson has made strong claims for a recall, but Kim will surely be part of the matchday 18 and remains a good option for Mackay in what is looking a strong Cardiff City squad.