No English, no problem for Tae-min as young winger flies high in Perak’s win


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PETALING JAYA: For a young South Korean who doesn’t speak much English, Perak’s new signing Lee Tae-min is letting his football do all the talking.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Seladang from K-League Two club Busan I’Park, is quickly erasing the doubts of many over whether he would fit into coach Yusri Che Lah’s side.

Tae-min was a revelation in Perak’s shock 2-0 win over Kedah in their Super League clash at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Friday.

The dashing winger scored a brace in the 16th and 77th minutes to help Perak nail their first win of the season after three matches.

His first strike came after he received a superb long ball from captain and midfielder Luciano Guaycochea which he finished off by cheekily putting the ball through the legs of Kedah goalkeeper Kalamullah Al-Hafiz.

The second was a superb team goal initiated by substitute striker Clayton Silva which Tae-min hit home comfortably after a neat exchange of passes among a few players.

Coach Yusri Che Lah was thrilled to see his young trump card becoming the ace of the team so soon.

“Tae-min is the youngest player in the team and he is ‘pampered’ sometimes because he can’t speak English.

“With him, we use body language to get the point across and he understands what we instruct him to do,” said Yusri.

“Many were expecting him to struggle and to take time to adapt but from what I’ve seen after this match, he’s fitting in nicely.

‘’With more matches and experience, he’ll be more confident to contribute more for the team.’’

Perak had lost their first two games to Terengganu 1-3 (away, May 11) and Police 2-3 (home, May 18).

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