The 26 year old Kim Bo-Kyung is Malky Mackay’s latest signing and made his debut against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The South Korean moved to Japan as a 20 year old, signing for J League club first division club, Cerezo Osaka. On his arrival he was soon loaned out to Division 2 side, Oita Trinita, where he scored 8 goals in 27 appearances. On his return to Osaka he was to establish himself, scoring 15 goals in 41 appearances.
In July 2012 Malky Mackay took him to Cardiff City for £2.5 million. He was to make 28 appearances for the Bluebirds in their 2012-13 Championship winning side, scoring 2 goals. He made 31 appearances in the Premier League the next season, scoring a last-minute header in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Kim was marginalised from the Cardiff side this season. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent on January 24.
He has made 30 appearances for his country, scoring 3 goals.
In order to learn more about Kim’s time at Cardiff we reached out to Benjamin James of the View from the Ninian fan site.
Here’s over to Ben:
Kim Bo Kyung came to Cardiff City with much promise. We had, supposedly, beaten both Borussia Dortmund and Celtic to his signature. His early appearances showed glimpses of what he could do and as he settled into the Championship, he grew as a player. He’s a classy footballer who can pick a pass, take players on and score goals.
His early days in the Prem showed more of what he could do. He’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet but his defensive fight is lacking somewhat. He’s a slight lad and can get brushed off the ball easily. But I really rated him. I felt he deserved more game time. Mackay nor Ole really knew how to get the best from him. Is he a winger or a central midfielder? I think he would be best deployed behind the front two or a lone striker.
I really hope he succeeds at Wigan. He has, no doubt, got bundles of skill and ability. I just hope he can fulfil the early promise he showed at Cardiff.