Cardiff City’s Kim Bo-Kyung: The man who can

Fan Zhiyi, the Chinese David Beckham, played six games in the 2002/03 season. Junichi Inamoto played 14 games during one of the most uncertain periods of finanical insecurity at the club and was an excellent player.

But neither are a patch on Kim Bo-Kyung.

Signed in the summer of 2012, Cardiff City beat off competition from Monaco, Celtic and Borussia Dortmund to sign Kim from Cerezo Osaka.

A bit of an unknown quantity, it took until Christmas for him to make a real impact on the starting line up.

When he did, fans could see what Malky saw.

People raved about Zaha and Ince last season but Kim was overlooked. He’s not as explosive as messrs Wilfred and Thomas but he is an incredibly classy footballer.

His performance on an horrendously sandy and bumpy pitch at Blackpool showed just how good he can be.

Every pass landed including one dug out from, it seemed, behind him which he sprayed 50 yards in the lead up to the winning goal.

His touch is deft, his passing is accurate and he is incredibly skilful.

It took him a while to adapt to the Championship but by the end of the season, he was absolutely the best player on the pitch, week in and week out.

When you get promoted, you always look through your squad to see who will cut it at the higher level; Kim is the player at the top of everyone’s list.

He reads the game better than anyone else and plays passes that other players simply wouldn’t see.

His pre-season performances have been encouraging also.

Whilst other players around him haven’t fulfilled their potential, he’s picked up exactly where he left off last season. Three goals and stellar performances in each game suggests he will only improve in the Premiership.

And if Borussia Dortmund were knocking on the door last year, one can only wonder if they will come back next summer.

With his stock rising, and his first season in the Premiership about to begin, his value could soar.

He was a bargain last summer; £2.5m is a snip for a player who, genuinely, is on the verges of being world class. If he fulfills his potential over the next 38 games, who knows where he will end up.



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