Monday, September 03, 2007

New Signing - Seol Ki-Hyeon

As part of the swap deal that saw Liam Rosenior move to Reading, we received 28 year old South Korean Seol Ki-Hyeon in return. This move has been rumoured for some time, initially due to suggestions that current club sponsor's LG wanted a Korean player in our squad. The news that Seol had bought a house close to our Motspur Park training ground did little to quell the suspicion. Seol has scored 40 goals in 192 appearances for European clubs. Starting in Belgium where he played for Antwerp and then Anderlect, before his move to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers and latterly Reading. He has also played in two World Cups for South Korea for whom he has made an impressive 65 appearances scoring 13 goals. There is a large South Korean community based in New Malden and I wonder if this had some bearing on his keenness to sign for Fulham and his presence in the squad may help Fulham tap into this local community for support. I think he's a decent signing, he got off to a very good start for Reading last season, but tailed off slightly when he was asked to play as a supporting striker due to injuries. Following a period out of the team, he returned in his favoured left sided position in time for our match at the Madjeski. A game in which he caused us all sorts of problems. I think he's another decent acquisition.

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